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.
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?