Saturday, January 30, 2010
Signs: Crop Circles
Watch the first movie segment and discuss the following questions with a partner.
1. Describe what happened in the scene.
2. What do you think actually happened before the scene took place?
3. What would you do if you were one of the characters in the segment?
4. The family was alone on their farm. Is it possible that vandals had done it without their noticing it? What about aliens?
5. What will happen next?
6. Do you believe in aliens or UFOs? Why (not)?
Watch the second segment from the same movie and discuss the questions that follow.
1. Describe the scene
2. What are the characters' guesses for the happening?
3. Do you agree with them?
4. Would you continue living on that farm? Why (not)?
5. Would you try to make contact with an alien if you saw one near you? Why (not)?
6. What do you know about crop circles?
Work with a partner. Check the alternative that you believe is correct. The information was collected from the thought-provoking site below. Read the abstract taken from it. Myths-Dreams-Symbols-Crop Circles
Crop Circles are unexplained designs that are imprinted over the span of usually one night in fields of mostly wheat & corn, but have also occurred in barley, oats, rape (canola), grass, trees, and even snow. In other words, any organic material in which a distinguishable impression can be made. They occur in crops during the spring & summer seasons throughout various regions of the world, such as in the U.S., Canada, throughout Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.
1. What are the only two countries where crop circles have never been reported?
a. Brazil and Guatemala
b. Tunisia and Chile
c. South Africa and China
d. Iran and Syria
2. Where do most of the complex formations occur?
a. The USA and England
b. Ireland and Scotland
c. France and Canada
d. Russia and Ukraine
3. Where and when was the earliest known formation?
a. England, 1647
b. Scotland, 1888
c. The USA, 1931
d. Ireland, 1959
4. When did the circles become complex pictograms composed of straight lines and spiral rings?
Answers: 1.c - 2.a - 3.a - 4. d
Decide with a partner. What is the best explanation to the crop circles? Justify it.
1. Natural phenomena
Work in pairs. Here are some reflections taken from the thought-provoking site Crop Circles: Fact or Fiction , a serious investigative website. Read some of their reflections and prepare a theory to explain each one of them
1) Although some crop circles have been made by man, decades (and even centuries) of cereal crop circle events as well as most of the 10,000 + formations in the last 10 to 12 years occurring in at least 34 countries scattered all across the globe is beyond human connivance.
2). England has a very rich spiritual/religious history. Ninety percent of all crop circles worldwide have appeared within a forty mile radius of the ancient Stonehenge sacred rock monument in England’s Wiltshire county. Likewise, most of the Canadian crop circles have been located on lands of those of strong spiritual persuasions such as regular church attendees and native people’s ancient sacred sites.
3) Scientific studies have proven that genuine formations are created with unknown technologies using unknown energies causing weird anomalies in the soil, plants and subsequent seed germination rates. These anomalies can’t be explained away by any conventional science.
4) Other unexplainable physical anomalies such as spinning compasses, equipment failure from drained batteries and balls of light have been seen and photographed many times in and/or near fresh formations. This has been increasing in intensity in the last few years and is backed up with photographic proof.