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 (About.com).
What is most likely the purpose of Tony Hawk's opening sentence?
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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.
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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.
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?
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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?
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)
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.
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?
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?
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