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1.A text structure analysis of THEME PARKS —FUN AND MORE THAN FUN
I. Type of writing and summary of the idea
Type of writing This is a piece of descriptive writing.

Main idea of the passage:
Theme parks are amusing places.
Visitors may have fun and more than fun there.

Topic sentence of 1st paragraph Parks provide people with a place to amuse themselves and to escape their busy life for a while.
Topic sentence of 2nd paragraph In recent decades, many parks have been designed to provide entertainment.
Topic sentence of 3rd paragraph Theme parks have a certain idea—a certain theme.
Topic sentence of 4th paragraph There are history and culture theme parks,too.
Topic sentence of 5th paragraph There are also marine and ocean parks.

II. A tree diagram of the text THEME PARKS —FUN AND MORE THAN FUN

1) Parks provide people with a place to amuse themselves and to escape their busy life for a while.

2) In recent decades, many parks have been designed to provide entertainment.

3) Theme parks have a certain idea—a certain theme.

4) There are history and culture theme parks, too.

4) There are also marine and ocean parks.
 
III. A retold passage of the text
A possible version:
Theme parks provide visitors with lots of things to amuse themselves. People escape their busy life for a while by going to a theme park. They find interesting things to do in the park.
They may simply sit chatting, playing games, listening to birds’ singing, relaxing a bit, having picnics and having fun there. It costs some money to be there. In recent decades, theme parks are beginning to provide more entertainment. Visitors may use shuttles to get around and have a variety of things to see and do in the park. Theme parks charge money for every activity they provide. They make a big profit by selling souvenirs, too. Sometimes a theme park gets itself advertised on television. A theme park is indeed a place of fantasy.

2.Background information on theme parks

I. Definition of theme park
What is a theme park?
? A term used to describe an amusement park that is designed to carry a theme in one or more areas of the park. The theme may carry over to the rides and attractions in that area as well. Examples of theme parks include Holiday World, Islands of Adventure, Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Knott's Berry Farm.
? An amusement park, that has been divided into several sub-sections, each with a distinctive concept, such as the Old West, or the future.
? A theme park is a park that uses themeing to take guests to a new world.
? An amusement park which has one or more "themed" areas, with rides and attractions keyed to the theme of their location within the park. Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg are examples of theme parks.
? an amusement park that is organized around some theme (as the world of tomorrow)

II. Old Aircraft Carrier Turned Into Military Theme Park in China
An old aircraft carrier from the former Soviet Union navy has been turned into a military theme park and will be stationed at Dapeng Bay in Shenzhen, south China' s Guangdong Province.

The 40,000-ton ship, known as the Minsk, first arrived at the Wenchong Shipyard in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, in November 1998 as scrap iron, the Shanghai-based Wenhuai Daily reported on May 8.

It is about triple the size of a standard football field, 18 stories high, and has more than 2,000 cabins, the paper said.

The carrier, which was poorly maintained by the Russian navy after the collapse of the Soviet Union, retired in 1993 and was initially sold to a South Korean businessman as scrap steel after key military components were removed, the paper said.

The Minsk was later resold to an undisclosed Chinese business. (From: People’s Daily)

III. 12 theme park strategies
Tips to make the most of your vacation
By Terry Riley Travel columnist
How can you get the most from your theme park visit? For an answer, I turned to Robert Obenour. He's spent his career in the theme park business and is currently vice president of operations for Baker Leisure Group, an international theme park consultancy. Here’s the advice he gave me to pass on to you.
1. Plan your visit.
Buy a guidebook. Read reviews. Check out the park’s Web site. Then plan what you want to see and do. Unless the park is small, you shouldn’t expect to see or do everything in one day, so set your priorities. The investment you make in planning will pay handsome dividends on “park day.”
2. Have a “Plan B.”
It is not uncommon that an attraction will be closed. In that case, just move on to the next on your list. Also, in the unlikely — but not unheard of — event that the entire park is closed, have a backup plan that includes another, nearby activity.
3. Arrive early.
An extra 15 minutes waiting in line at the park entrance could cut an hour off of your waiting time for the most popular attractions.
4. Divide and conquer.
Chances are that not everyone in your party wants to do or see the same things. Although it is nice to be able to share the experiences of a theme park as a family or with friends, time (and money) may limit the opportunity for each person to accomplish what he or she would like while traveling as a group.

5. Keep in touch.
Go your separate ways, but arrange to meet back at a specific location at a designated time to talk over your experiences, offer recommendations, revise your plan and set a time and place for your next meeting. Also have a site selected that can become a place to reestablish contact should your party become accidentally separated. It will save lots of time that might otherwise be spent looking for one another.
6. Go deep.
Once you enter the park, proceed to the farthest attractions first. Theme park designers place much of the merchandise near the park entrances — hoping to catch you coming and going. And it works — in this case to your advantage. By bypassing the shops on your way to the popular attractions, you will beat others who get waylaid by the shops.
7. Choose your position.
The front of the line may not always be the best for attractions where large numbers of guests are admitted all at once as, for instance, in an auditorium. The people who are at the very front of the line may find themselves up against a side wall, while middle-of-the-liners have the best view.
8. Leave mid-day.
Generally, theme parks are most crowded in the middle of the day. This is a good time to rest for a few hours — regaining your strength for another assault on the park later in the day. Be sure to get your hand stamped or get some other proof of admission that will allow you to be readmitted to the park at no charge.
9. Eat outside.
Food prices inside a theme park can be as horrifying as any of the park’s dark rides. While taking your mid-day break from the park, refuel yourself without spending a bundle on hot dogs.
10. Return late-day.
As the energy of other guests wanes, move back into the park. This time, visit the attractions closer to the entrance first where it is probably less crowded now.
11. Shop last.
Want to buy souvenirs? Do it on your way out. You won’t have to lug your purchases around with you all day.
12. Enjoy.
Finally, if you find yourself getting ticked off at slow lines, poor service or inconsiderate guests, stop and take a breather. A visit to a theme park is supposed to be an enjoyable event, not a stressful occasion.

3.Words and expressions from Unit 5 Theme Parks

I. Words for Reading (THEME PARKS —FUN AND MORE THAN FUN)
theme n. a favourite theme for poetry, a theme park
amuse v. amuse oneself by …, be amused at [by, with]…
amusement n. find much amusement in…, an amusement park
various a. too various to form a group, various opinions
variety n. for a variety of reasons, have a great variety to choose from, in a variety of
ways
ride n. give sb. a ride, go for a ride, take a long ride
shuttle n. the space shuttle Columbia broke up over Texas, carry shuttle audio during
space shuttle missions.
charge v. charge double for… 对……加倍收费,charge a fee for a service,He is charged
with heavy responsibility.
admission n. Admission by ticket only. Grant sb. admission, gain admission to/ into…
profit ① n. bring a handsome profit to…, divide profits 分红利,increase profits ② v.
make big profits (on sth.), sell sth. at a profit, do sth. for profit
souvenir n. This book ekes out souvenir of my life in the United States. 这本书帮助我追
忆在美国的生活。
involve v. You'd like to meaningfully involve students., the right of Congress to involve the
nation in war
athletic a. an athletic meeting, athletic sports
brand n. Do you like this brand of coffee? a famous brand, the most popular brand on the
market
equipment n. lab equipment, military equipments, the necessary equipments for a trip
sneaker n. wear a new pair of sneakers
minority n. The minority is subordinate to the majority. 少数服从多数
fantasy n. fantasy sports and gaming site, the work of fantasy artist Amy Brown
Fantasyland n. living in a fantasyland, the Guide to Fantasyland
settler n. the early settlers of America, the first white settlers, The settlers were soon acclimated.
marine a. develop a mercantile marine 发展商船
experiment n. attempt the experiment of…, carry out an experiment, make an experiment on sb., prove sth. by experiment
imaginary a. an imaginary enemy, imaginary number 虚数
advanced a. most advanced branches of science and technology, a man advanced in years 老年人
technique n. developed a technique for remotely fingerprinting, a Swimming Technique
Magazine, developing a practical technique for solving voice problems

II. Words for Learning about Language(Word formation)
imagination n. have a good/ poor imagination
test n. provides test preparation services for college admissions, Preparing for a test isn't
easy. do well on the test
vary v. Opinions vary on this point.  vary with… 与……一起变化
cloth n. lay the cloth 铺桌布、准备开饭, cut one’s coat according to one’s cloth量布裁衣
,量入为出

III. Words for Using Language (UTUROSCOPE—EXCITEMENT AND LEARNING)
jungle n. Jungle refers usually to a forest. It originated from a Sanskrit word jangala, meaning wilderness. In many languages of the Indian subcontinent, including Indian English it is generally used to refer to any wild, untended or uncultivated land, including forest, scrub, or desert landscapes.
creature n. The term creature refers to an animal.The term can be used to dehumanize a person. For example, in the fictional novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, Dr. Frankenstein’s hideous construction is often referred to as a "creature." The term literally means "a created thing," and is sometimes used in theology to contrast a created object with a divine Creator under discussion.
volunteer n. a. v. A volunteer is a person who performs or offers to perform a service out of his or her own free will, often without payment. The year 2001 was the International Year of the Volunteer. 2005 is the UK Year of the Volunteer
People may volunteer to perform some work, e.g., of charitable character. Some volunteer for clinical trials or other medical research, and may even donate their bodies to science after their death.

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