Gennifer Choldenko’s enchanting novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts, succeeds due to its believable and endearing protagonist, Matthew “Moose” Flanagan. Moose’s father has just acquired a new job as a guard on Alcatraz, and his family moves to the island, meaning Moose is now neighbors with Al Capone, a rather unsettling thought for the twelve-year-old narrator. The family is dedicated to ensuring Moose’s sister, Natalie, can be admitted to Ester P. Marinoff, a school for children with development disabilities. After moving in, Moose meets Piper, the head warden’s daughter, who is intent on causing mischief and havoc on the island. Moose must navigate the tricky settlement of a new school, and avoid the rampant trouble that is Piper, all while ensuring Natalie remains safe. Choldenko does an admirable job in recreating a 1930’s atmosphere, fraught with child spooks, but the true heart of Al Capone Does My Shirts is her deft dealing of Moose and Natalie’s close and tender relationship, reminding us that there are many complex layers to a sibling relationship that can often belie our comprehension.
Created to benefit newer middle school students with a greater understanding and appreciation for literature, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will encourage and train students for more complex reading in the future. Pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets are supplied on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which allows students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a reputable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 5, constituted of the following additional titles: Bridge to Terabithia; Island of the Blue Dolphins; My Side of the Mountain; The Pinballs; Tuck Everlasting; Sign of the Beaver; The Phantom Tollbooth; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; The Fighting Ground; Matilda; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Lily's Crossing; The Borrowers; The Whipping Boy; Toliver's Secret; Bloomability; On My Honor; Summer of the Monkeys; Among The Hidden; Castle in the Attic; The Wanderer; Call It Courage; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Crash; Becoming Naomi Leon; Bud, Not Buddy; Seedfolks; Esperanza Rising; George Washington's Socks; Crispin: The Cross of Lead; Among the Imposters; Fever 1793; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Surviving the Applewhites; Al Capone Does My Shirts; Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Three Cups of Tea; Elijah of Buxton; Marley, A Dog Like No Other; Rules. All precursory Novel-Ties eBooks can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.
Containing numerous literary activities such as worksheets and vocabulary games, this Student Workbook/Study Guide is integral to benefiting students with the skills they need to prepare for state standardized tests. Lesson plans can easily be organized from an array of reproducible exercises shaped to enhance critical thinking skills and analytical competency.This eBook is an entry in the BMI Level 1 Literature Guides series, comprised of the following titles: Al Capone Does My Shirts; The Cay; Chains; Copper Sun; The Giver; Holes; The Lightning Thief; The Watsons Go to Birmingham; Rules; No Talking; Flush; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Graveyard Book; Al Capone Shines My Shoes; Three Cups of Tea; Esperanza Rising. All aforementioned eBook Literature Guides can be viewed by clicking on the ‘View All In Series’ button to the left.
Specifically designed to enable students to develop important reading skills, On The Mark Press' Lit Links eBook guides contain numerous creative and cross-curricular activities for increasing students' competency in reading. This guide seeks to strengthen reading comprehension with reproducible chapter-by-chapter questions, comprehension questions, and more - complete with an answer key for educators. Also includes an author bio and story synopsis.This eBook is an entry in the Lit Links series of literature guides from On The Mark Press. Popular titles covered in the series include: Frindle, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Abel's Island; Superfudge; The Cay; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Owls in the Family; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; A Wrinkle in Time; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Trumpet of the Swan; Freckle Juice, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.