LC English Lab

Brooklyn – 99: Garden or Desert?

Good writers analyze.

Analysis requires you to make a claim and support it with details from the text you are examining.  One step further, Analysis expects that you will arrive at a conclusion, and the conclusion should come from the outside of your understanding — demonstrating something you have learned.  In class, we discussed the OCI (Observe, Consider, Interpret) Paragraph, which gives a formula for accomplishing efficient paragraphs.

  1. Jake Peralta – won’t wear tie
  2. Santiago – competitive woman
  3. Rosa Diaz – emotionless cop
  4. Cut. Holt – commanding officer
  5. Sgt Jeffers – scared of fieldwork
  6. Gina – secretary, dancer
  7. Boyle – wants to date Diaz

For our purposes, we want to be able to analyze, and, at this point, try to use our Anthropologal Understanding as our outside source to examine our culture.  Above, you will see a picture that outlines our Anthropological Beginnings (Found in Genesis 3); to the left, you will see a list of characters from Brooklyn-99:


Part I: Write a summary of Brooklyn-99.  Tell what happened in the story

Part II: Using the OCI Format, write an analysis in the following pattern:


Your conclusion about the show as it relates the Where is the Story Headed picture below


Classification (give three ways the show demonstrates your conclusion, using language in picture)

Follow each example with a Cause-Effect, Comparison-Contrast, Description from the show


What story is the show selling?

Should people accept that story?

What is an alternative way of thinking about the message?


Part III: One sentence: which paragraph is better, why is it better, and which one do you think will bring you the greatest reward throughout the year (why?)