IRONMAN: Makin’ a Mixtape! [A-Block]

A-Block Mixtape

In the fifteenth chapter of Chris Crutcher’s IRONMAN, Bo finally begins the race for which he’s been training: Yukon Jack’s Eastern Washington Invitational Scabland Triathlon. Although the task before him is daunting, Bo knows that he has prepared to the best of his ability and is supported by his comrades in Nak’s Pack.

In fact, the members of Nak’s Pack are so encouraging that they even make a mixtape for Bo to listen to while he competes in the triathlon. This tape contains an abundance of inspiration, as every member of Nak’s Pack selected songs that they believe will motivate Bo. Moreover, the group members have also recorded their own messages, offering words of wisdom, positive affirmations, and spiritual reinforcement.

It is in this same positive spirit that we will create our own motivational mixtape!

Click the link and follow the instructions!

THE TASK: First, reflect upon the effect that the mixtape compiled by Nak’s Pack has on Bo. Then, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.

PROMPTS
A) Provide the title of the song (and the name of the artist) you want to include on our mixtape.

B) Describe what you find motivational/inspiring about the song.
– Do the lyrics inspire you? Why? What are some of the key phrases from lyrics that resonate with you?
– What does the music sound like? Is it fast or slow? What instruments are used? What genre is it (rock/rap/pop/electronic/country/metal/dubstep/other)?

C) What words of encouragement would you record yourself saying to Bo? Write the message you’d want him to hear while he competes in Yukon Jack’s.

D) Imagine that a TV adaptation of IRONMAN is being made — what song would you use for the theme? Why?

10 thoughts on “IRONMAN: Makin’ a Mixtape! [A-Block]

  1. A) “Till I Collapse” by Eminem.
    B)what’s motivational about the song is the constant addressing to not give up, as you can tell by the title “Till I Collapse” you can tell there’s endless effort and work put into what your doing till you collapse. The music is also upbeat with a heavy clap every second. It is a rap song but it’s very motivational
    C) Words of encouragement I would give to Bo would be somewhat revolved around the actual song. I would say don’t give up and keep working hard till you collapse. This is your dream and you havnt come this far to give up.
    D)I would use “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles for the TV adaptation for Ironman. I chose it because it’s a Rock Song with heavy guitar and it really brings out inspiration and motivation to continue. Not so much the lyrics but eveything else is perfect for pushing your self to the limit.

  2. a)Guts over fear by Eminem

    b)I think this song would be motivational to Bo because the whole song is about putting your fears behind you and doing what you have to do. Even if Bo isn’t afraid of anything in the triathlon it still helps to push through. This is a rap song that is sort of slow but speeds up in some places.

    c)Hey Bo this is Chris and I want to tell you that if you just keep your mind on whatever part of the competition you are in you will make it through. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you do well!

    d)The only theme song that should be allowed as the song for the TV show would be iron man by black Sabbath. I think this would be a good song because its called iron man and its a good motivational song that could be used in the show too to help get Bo through bad situations or ones that he needs a little extra to get through.

  3. A.) jungle X Ambassadors and Jamie N Connars

    B.) What i find motivational about the song is the lyrics and the beat of the song because they have have this meaning that your are going out in to the wild and getting the job done. The music starts out slow and then has a nice even flow to it some pauses in between words I can not really figure out the instruments that were used in the song and the music type is rock/pop.

    C.) The motivational message i have for bo is to just keep pushing yourself until you cross the finish line and once you get on the podium that has the #1 on it you will accomplished and all the hard work will pay off.

    D.) The Theme song I would use for the Ironman movie would be the song I chose because it sets the tone for the entire movie.

  4. A) “till I collapse” By Eminem
    B) this song motivates be because the lyric choice and the way its sung. some lyrics are: “sometimes you feel tired, you feel weak. And when you feel weak, you gotta find that inner strength, and just pull it out of you, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face, and collapse” and, “till I collapse i’m spilling these raps, as long as you feel them to the day that I drop you’ll never say that im not killing ’em”
    C) words I would say for encouragement are: “beat ’em at the Yukon.”
    D) the theme song I would use is: “waterfalls” by TLC

  5. A: The song that I picked for the mixtape is “Haters wanna be me” by Froggy Fresh.
    B: I find it to be a very motivational song because the whole idea of the song is that the people that hate me just want to be me. This song is a rap song. My favorite lines from the song is Yeah, said everybody wants to be me

    The only problem is they can’t even see me

    Ball so hard record labels wanna sign me

    Life is a race and everybody’s behind me.
    C: I think I would just say go get em Bo because Bo is already motivated by himself and the others so I don’t think he needs much more motivation.
    D: For the TV series I would use the Rocky theme song called “Gonna fly now”. It is one of the most motivational songs ive ever heard.

  6. A. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

    B. Don’t Stop Believing is a motivational song because the lyrics are telling you to not stop believing in what your doing or going to do. The song starts off slow then gets up beat. The genre is rock, indie/ alternative. Some instruments in the song is the piano, bass, guitar, and drums.

    C. Bo you can do it. Don’t stop and keep going because in the end you will be successful and be proud of yourself. Also think of how surprise Raymond and your dad would be. The song that i chose for you will motivate you while your doing the race. Don’t Stop Believing.

    D. The song id pick for the tv show is gonna fly now. I think it would be would for the tv show because its talking about how that person is getting strong for whatever there getting ready to do.

  7. A) wake me up by avicci.
    b)I find this song motivational because it has a catchy beat and the lyrics go great with the song. I don’t really have a specific reason why I find this song motivational.
    its fast and slow and its a country song.
    c)Just to remember all the time and work and pain you put in to training for this and that you cant let it go to waste. Just to give it 110% and to remember what it tookto et there.
    d)highway to hell by acdc because bo doesn’t get along with his teachers very often.

  8. The fight by Froggy Fresh. The lyrics inspire me because if your in a completion your in a fight to win. “We punched them in the eye and they both began to cry” that means we’re winning. It’s like a medium speed rap

  9. A) Money and the Power by Kid Ink

    B) The lyrics inspire me because they say that no matter how much people try to take you down, you should keep going. The lyrics say how he has been going for too long to quit, and no one can stop him, which sounds like Bo. The music is kinda slow and its hip-hop

    C) I would tell Bo that he just needs to keep going and just concentrate on the task and pace himself

    D) I would use How To Be The Man by Riff Raff as the theme because it seems like the song kind of describes Bo, because he thinks he’s the man

  10. A) Provide the title of the song (and the name of the artist) you want to include on our mixtape. Stronger by Kanye West

    B) Describe what you find motivational/inspiring about the song.
    – Do the lyrics inspire you? Why? What are some of the key phrases from lyrics that resonate with you? “Work it,make it, do it, further, better, faster. stronger.
    – What does the music sound like? Is it fast o r slow? What instruments are used? What genre is it (rock/rap/pop/electronic/country/metal/dubstep/other)? It goes realetivly fast, drums, and computerized sounds

    C) What words of encouragement would you record yourself saying to Bo? Write the message you’d want him to hear while he competes in Yukon Jack’s.
    don’t give up on your challenge.
    D) Imagine that a TV adaptation of IRONMAN is being made — what song would you use for the theme? Why? stronger because the story is constantly saying how Bo is getting stronger physically and mentally

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