An Educator's Guide to Al Capone Does My Shirts

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It's hard to imagine that life on Alcatraz could be dull. A series of intriguing lessons take readers through the novel Al Capone Does my Shirts. Pre-reading questions introduce the text and a range of suggestions, from comic strips to research projects, accompany a discussion of the story.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Research Al Capone to get a history of the namesake of the novel
  • Play a musical ballad for learners before having them write their own
Classroom Considerations

  • Each activity features Common Core aligned standards

  • Discusses issues such as disabilities and parent-child relationships
  • Includes a Q&A with the author

  • Lacks specific instructions for some activities, such as the reader's theater