Integrated skills: Reading, Speaking & Writing



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Integrated skills: Reading, Speaking & Writing


(source: www.nessie.co.uk, adapted for classroom use by N.P.)


Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch (lake) in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 km southwest of Inverness. Its surface (_the uppermost level____) is 15.8 metres above sea level.
Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain.
There is more water in Loch Ness than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together. It is said that the loch never freezes and this is true.
Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen, a scar like line which runs over 60 miles from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south. It is made up of 3 lochs, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness, with Loch Ness being by far the largest.


  • Where is Loch Ness?

  • What are the shape and the size of it?

  • Mention two unique features of this lake.

  • Does this lake have any ‘sisters’?



Loch Ness is best known for the alleged (__not proved_____) sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".


Hi folks ! My name's Nessie and I live in Loch Ness, Scotland.

I'm an elusive(__difficult to describe____) creature, I manage to keep my appearances to a minimum (__to the lowest possible number____). Below are some of the entries in my diary of when I've been seen. My favourite spot is Urquhart Bay, just beside the castle.


  • Who is Nessie?

  • Can you easily see Nessie? / Where?

The Evidence


Observer: D Mackenzie - Date: October 1871
Motion: Slow, then moved off at speed
Description: Log like, then up-turned boat
Observer: A group of children near graveyard - Date: 1879
Description
: Observed strange creature coming down hillside to loch. Colour as an elephant, small head

turning side to side on long neck. 'Waddled into water.'


Observer: Roderick Matheson - Date: 1885
Motion: Forward
Description: Described as the biggest thing I ever saw in my life, neck like a horse with a mane.


  • Does it look like any animals we know?

  • Has it been seen only in the water?

Observer: Mr Torquil Macleod - Date: February 28th 1960
Description: Observed on opposite shore of the Loch, grey black mass at a distance of 1700yds. Used binoculars (_optical instrument for use by both eyes_____) 7x50. Estimate animal 45ft in length. Observed one pair of paddles, thought he saw a third, square end flipper forward of the other pair, described one end like elephants trunk. Finally flopped into water


Observer: Adam and Mark Sutherland, Peter Gillies and Peter Rhind - Date: June 17th 1998


Motion: Emerged (_appeared___), submerged (_went underwater___)
Description: Large object with long tail
Write a 50-word paragraph describing ‘Nessie’.
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Practice Makes Perfect !


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