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The furious farmers began to shout. The Iron Man had stolen all their machinery. Had he eaten it? Anyway, he had taken it. It had gone. So what if he came again? What would he take next time? Cows? Houses? People?
They would have to do something.
They couldn't call in the police or the Army, because nobody would believe them about this Iron Monster. They would have to do something for themselves.
So what did they do?
At the bottom of the hill, below where the Iron Man had come over the high cliff, they dug a deep, enormous hole. A hole wider than a house, and as deep as three trees one on top of the other. It was a colossal hole. A stupendous hole! And the sides of it were sheer as walls.
They pushed all the earth off to one side.
They covered the hole with branches and the branches they covered with straw, and the straw with soil, so when they finished the hole looked like a freshly ploughed field.
Now, on the side of the hole opposite the slope up to the top of the cliff, they put an old rusty lorry. That was the bait. Now they reckoned the Iron Man would come over the top of the cliff out of the sea, and he'd see the old lorry which was painted red, and he'd come down to get it to chew it up and eat it. But on his way to the lorry he'd be crossing the hole, and the moment he stepped with his great weight on to that soil held up only with straw and branches, he would crash through into the hole and would never get out. They'd find him there in the hole. Then they'd bring the few bull-dozers and earth-movers that he hadn't already eaten, and they'd push the pile of earth in on top of him, and bury him alive for ever in the hole. They were certain now they'd get him.
The opening paragraph of a newspaper report should answer the questions -
WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY?
Read through the activity sheet, page 1, carefully.
Then complete the 'Let's practise' page 2 for 'The Iron Man' story so far.