Tony Hawk

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In this young adult autobiography, Tony Hawk shares the stories from his life that have helped him become a skateboarding hero.

Hawk speaks of being a super-competitive 'demon' child who found peace while on a skateboard. Classmates teased him because of his interest in an 'uncool' sport. Instead of retaliating with violence, he practiced even more. With his story, he will inspire a younger generation of fans to stand up for what they believe in and follow their dreams.

Curriculet Details
22 Questions
27 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum, designed for 6th grade students, contains interactive videos exploring topics such as tone, imagery, foreshadowing, irony and forms of figurative language. In addition, you will find annotations describing conflict, text structure, and inference, which encourage students to dig deeper into elements such as context and author's purpose among others. Students will explore central ideas such as dedication, hard work, and perseverance. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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The first skateboarding took place in the 1950s, when California surfers got the idea of trying to "surf" the streets. Nobody really knows who made the first board -- instead, it seems that several people came up with similar ideas around the same time. Several people have claimed to have invented the skateboard first, but nothing can be proven, and skateboarding remains a strange spontaneous creation ( 

Chapter 1 - Maniac Kid

What is most likely the purpose of Tony Hawk's opening sentence? 
Left click a word for a second or two to use the define feature or leave your own annotations. 
What can the reader infer from Mrs. Hawk's comment to her husband? 

Chapter 2 - Spaz, That's Me!

Tony Hawk's description of his behavior and diet as a child really allows the reader to picture what he was like, especially when he uses figurative language to equate his tantrums to atomic bombs. Please click the link below to view a video clips on some of the common types of figurative language. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on Tony Hawk's desire to become a math teacher right away, what can the reader deduce about his personality? 
Tony Hawk conveys a humorous tone through his word choice and use of imagery. This helps the reader picture him as a child and relate to him. Watch the video below to learn more about mood and tone in writing.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3 - The Beginning

Explain how the Z-Boys revolutionize skating.  Support your answer with textual evidence. 

Chapter 4 - Joining the Ants

It seems very possible that Tony Hawk may have never become engrossed with skating if he had grown up somewhere where skating was not prevalent. The image below is Oasis Skatepark in San Diego.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary technique does Tony Hawk use so that the reader can picture what it was like to wear rental pads and shoes? 
It seems evident that Tony Hawk received tremendous support from his parents. This probably contributed greatly to his immense success as a skater. 

Chapter 5 - No More Tears

What personality traits contribute to Tony Hawk's success?  Support your response with textual evidence. 

Chapter 6 - The Basics

Tony Hawk's statement to his dad shows his incredible dedication. This is a common trait among all great athletes and performers. It takes an enormous amount of dedicated practice to become great. 
Based on Tony Hawk's description of himself, what would he credit for his success? 

Chapter 7 - Out of Style

The author uses imagery to describe Oasis, as well as himself. This descriptive language allows the reader to form an image in his mind. See the video below for a more detailed explanation of imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
Which example below shows that Tony's parents were completely devoted to his passion? 
Steve Caballero is a professional skateboarder and musician. Caballero is best known for the difficult tricks and air variations that he invented for vertical skating and for setting the long-standing record for the highest air achieved on a halfpipe (Wikipedia).  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 8 - The Bones Brigade

How does the reader know that Tony is starstruck when he met Stacy Peralta? 
It's amazing what people are willing to do to be accepted by their peers. This type of hazing is especially prevalent on sports teams. 

Chapter 9 - Faceplants

The highlighted text is an example of which type of figurative language? 
Tony Hawk is an icon now, so it's interesting to read about how he struggled to fit in at his high school. People probably assume that he was popular since he is a celebrity today. 
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Chapter 10 - Check the Box

Tony Hawk's transition from amateur skater to a professional skater seems anticlimactic. He simply checks a different box on his registration form, and his parents' reaction was equally understated. 
Describe how Tony Hawk's high school experience might have influenced his skating. 

Chapter 11 - Cheating

By describing the principal as hip, the author might be hinting at a better upcoming experience at his new school. This literary technique is called foreshadowing. Watch the video below for a more detailed explanation about foreshadowing.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 12 - The Parent Trap

When do the skaters finally realize that Mr. Hawk was not favoring his son? 
Many videos are made to promote skateboarders and the sport of skateboarding. In the video below, you can see a video that Tony Hawk filmed at a park that was built right behind his house. You can see that Tony still enjoys skating now even though he is in his forties.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 13 - Cool School

The fact that Tony did not date much and was so happy to skate in place of PE shows his tremendous commitment to his sport. 
Tony Hawk's desire to land a McTwist shows that ________ is a central idea in this text. 
According to the text, what motivates the author to invent new tricks? 
The fact that Tony Hawk was so bothered by other skaters making fun of his style shows that even though he was the world champ, he was still self-conscious. He also did not realize at his age that when you are at the top, people try to bring you down. 

Chapter 14 - Balancing Act

The highlighted text illustrates Tony Hawk's mindset. He does not realize at this point that he will never need a "real" job, and will become extremely wealthy doing something that he loves. It makes sense that he thinks this way, though, because nobody before him had ever made a living as a professional skater. 
Why is being a professional skater weird for Tony Hawk? 

Chapter 15 - Dad Slams

It looks like Tony Hawk inherited his obsessive personality from his father. Both are unwilling to make concessions when it comes to their passions. 

Chapter 16 - Future Primitive

How does Stacy's assessment of Tony Hawk's skating affect him? 

Chapter 17 - Winning Contests Is Not Always Fun

It seems like the pressure that Tony Hawk feels to win is self-imposed. Instead of focusing on having fun like in the videos, he is focusing on living up to other people's expectations. 
The highlighted questions at the end of the paragraph help illustrate which type of conflict? 
The conflict between Tony Hawk's dad and the neighbor is an example of an external conflict (character vs. character). View the video below to see the differences between external and internal conflict. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 18 - Fun Again?

The highlighted text seems to depict a turning point in Tony Hawk's life or a shift in his mindset. Instead of worrying about what everyone else thinks, he starts to skate for himself and have fun. This shift in his perception might have taken place just from being a little older and more mature. 
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Chapter 19 - Trouble!

It appears that Tony Hawk finally has some balance in his life. Before this point, his whole life seemed to revolve around skating. It also appears that this next stage in his life brings uncertainty because he feels increased pressure to provide for his family during a time when skating is dropping in popularity. 

Chapter 20 - The Sky Is Falling!

The fact that Tony Hawk stuck all of his money into a new skating company when skating was not popular shows what about his character? 

Chapter 21 - A New Low

The reader has to question whether Tony Hawk's explanation for his divorce is completely honest. It seems likely that the pressure from potentially losing his business and the financial constraints that followed were contributing factors. To say that "we realized that we were only friends" sounds a little simplistic. 
Why is Tony Hawk so enamored with Erin? Support your answer with textual evidence. 

Chapter 22 - Cancer Stinks

Participants in the X Games compete to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as prize money. The competition often features new tricks such as Tony Hawk's 900 in skateboarding, Travis Pastrana's double backflip in freestyle motocross, Heath Frisby's first ever snowmobile front flip in Snowmobile Best Trick, and Torstein Horgmo's first landed triple flip in a snowboard competition (Wikipedia).  
Based on the influence that Mr. Hawk had on troubled skaters, what can the reader infer about his character? 

Chapter 23 - More Changes

Tony Hawk has a lot of reasons to feel financially secure; he is worth $140 million dollars according to Celebrity Net Worth. 
Why does ESPN invent a rivalry between Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald? 

Chapter 24 - The End

It seems clear that Tony Hawk is conflicted about trying to land a 900 in Tijuana. This is an example of an internal conflict where the person has a struggle within himself about a choice. 

Chapter 25 - 1999, the Year of the 9

What makes Tony Hawk cool in his son's eyes? 
It's ironic that Tony Hawk landed the 900 in the year that he planned to retire and felt like his heart was not into competing. In the ten precious years when he wanted nothing more than to land a 9, he was unsuccessful, but when he was not focused on competing, he finally landed it. Watch the video below for an explanation of situational irony. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 26 - Tne Good Life

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