Archive for February, 2016


Posted in 12 Years Old, 13 Years Old, 14 Years Old, 15 Years Old, 1940s, Autobiography, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 by Mr. Winch


Book Summary by Ashlin Shaw

Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography first published in 1960 and set in Europe in 1941-1945. The region is revealed on page 1: “that little town in Transylvania” and is clearly from 1941 because on page 1 it reads, “toward the end of 1941.” The protagonist is narrator and author Elie Wiesel, and he’s likely ages 12-15 because on page 1 (1941) it says, “I was twelve,” and the story ends in 1945.  An example of a flat and static character is Tzipora. Tzipora is a flat and static character because we don’t know much about her. All we know is on page 2 that she was “the baby of the family.”  She doesn’t change because this is as much as we find out about her in the novel. An example of a round and static character is Elie’s father. On page 2 it reads, ‘My father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man. There was never any display of emotion, even at home.  He was more concerned with others than with his own family.” We find out that Elie’s father doesn’t show any emotion for anyone including his family. His father was more concerned with others rather than his own family. His father changes and is concerned and protective of Elie when they both get sent off to multiple concentration camps. Elie’s father didn’t want Elie to share his food with him when he was sick because he wanted his son to survive. One major conflict in his story are surviving multiple concentration camps. By looking at this conflict and the way the dynamic character changes, a theme of this book is revealed: Don’t give up hope even when things seem like they’ll never get better. There are always brighter days ahead.




Azealia Banks

Posted in Hip-Hop, Music, Uncategorized on February 17, 2016 by Mr. Winch

Underdogs of Rap

by Gary Barnes <>

Azealia Banks needs more recognition. She’s original. She’s memorable. She gets you thinking.  She’s one of the underdogs of rap. Her big break should’ve happened a long time ago. She, like Nicki Minaj, has been making music since she was a teenager. Azealia’s lyrics have always shocked and amazed, and they’ve have grown and gotten better. They will mesmerize you. She has a way of grabbing your attention. She’s strange and different from all of the popular rap right now. That is what is needed in the world of rap: some range of styles.  Azealia is what rap needs, and more people need to realize it. She is one of the best.


Posted in Hip-Hop, Music, Uncategorized on February 17, 2016 by Mr. Winch


by Gary Barnes


Solana Rowe, aka SZA, is one of the best singers in music right now. SZA is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) along with artists such as Isaiah Rashad and Kendrick Lamar, whom she has collaborated with on some of her songs. Her music is calming, relaxing. Her voice is enchanting. It’ll put you in a daze. It’s the perfect music to listen to if you need to escape. She has only been making music since 2012, but she has definitely defined her sound and feel. It has a feel of soul and R&B music, but not quite. It gives off a mystic and magical vibe. More people definitely need to find her music.

The Things They Carried

Posted in 1960s, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, War on February 17, 2016 by Mr. Winch

The Things They Carried

summary by

Marcos Romero-Serrano <>

“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien is a fictional book first published in 1990.  The story takes place in both Vietnam and America, after the war, during the war, before the war. “ In June of 1968, a month after graduating from Macalester College, I was drafted” (44). “Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a lifetime ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever” (40).  Tim is a 23 year old soldier who really just wants to live through the war. Everywhere the story goes, he is either telling about it or he is in it. When he is drafted and his graduate-school deferment is denied, he feels he must fight because it is expected of him.  An entire chapter “On the Rainy River” is devoted to Tim’s struggle with the decision to go to Vietnam or flee to Canada.  When some of the characters question why they were there, a theme is revealed:An opened mind is important.  This can apply to anyone who is confused by what’s wrong and right.