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Al Capone Does My Shirts Teaching Ideas


Written by Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts tells the story of Moose Flanagan and his family who move to Alcatraz Island where his father has gotten a job. The family wants to live near San Francisco, so Moose’s sister can attend the Esther P. Marinoff School. In this school, “kids have macaroni salad in their hair and wear their clothes inside out and there isn’t a chalkboard or a book in sight.” 

The year is 1935, and Alcatraz is a federal prison housing the meanest criminals. Your students will love reading Al Capone Does My Shirts.

Bump Games (Context Clues and Figurative Language)

Two Free Bump Games to Use with Al Capone Does My Shirts

These two Bump Games cover important reading skills: using context clues and figurative language. The sentences used to practice these skills are lines from Al Capone Does My Shirts. Both full color and black-lined versions are provided in this print-and-go activity. This means the games can easily be used for a small group activity.

You can download the free printable here.

Free Samples from Al Capone Does My Shirts Book Unit

Al Capone Does My Shirts Book Unit

If you would like to try out the book unit before you buy it, this download contains the following free samples:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1-2
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Setting
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Al Capone Does My Shirts Book Unit

Al Capone Does My Shirts Book Unit

Al Capone Does My Shirts Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructive response writing, and skill practice.


Gay Miller


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