Al Capone Does My Shirts Bundled Unit 1 by tX3sBy


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              Al Capone Does My Shirts Pre-Reading Activity
Directions: Research and answer the questions below.

1. What was happening in the world in 1935?
      Use the internet to search what each of these countries was doing during 1935.
      What were some highlights? Write your answers in the space below.




2. Describe a typical American family during this time.

       1. What types of jobs were common to the middle class?

       2. What was America’s favorite sport?
3. What is the difference between White Collar workers and Blue Collar
                        ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                               Chapters 1-2

Chapter 1

      Does the main character want to be on Alcatraz? What kind of metaphor does he

      What type of school does his sister attend?

      Does he approve of this school? Why or why not?

      What adjectives would you use to describe a Moose? After reading about Moose,
      does the name fit?

      Why would Moose and his friend Pete call it the “Devil Island?”

      Do you think Moose is scared of the island?

Chapter 2

      What does “affliction” mean?
How does Natalie know the exact answer? Do you think there is anything wrong
with Natalie? How can you tell?

What does “haze” mean?

Can you smell weakness? Explain in terms of how a predator might “smell” its
prey. (Minimum 5 sentences)
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                  ACDMS- Chapters 3 and 4 Comprehension Quiz

Directions: Choose the best answer.

   1. When Theresa comes over, where does she want to go?
        a. The dock
        b. The garden
        c. The morgue
        d. To meet the other kids

   2. Who is Piper?
        a. The warden’s daughter
        b. One of Moose’s mother’s friends.
        c. Theresa’s sister
        d. His friend from Santa Monica

   3. Who reads the card Theresa gives Moose?
        a. Theresa reads it for him
        b. Moose reads it silently
        c. Moose reads it out loud
        d. They read it together

   4. Has Theresa met Al Capone yet?
         a. Yes
         b. No

   5. Do Moose and Theresa ever go into the Morgue?
         a. Yes
         b. No

   6. How does Piper test Natalie?
        a. Asks her about the number of birds above them
        b. Asks her to follow her to the playground
        c. Asks her questions about herself
        d. Asks her to solve a math problem

   7. Why is Moose’s mom concerned about Moose and Natalie?
8. What does Natalie want for breakfast?
     a. Lemon Cake
     b. Eggs and sausage
     c. Nothing
     d. Popsicles and Bread

9. What did Moose’s mom do to Moose when he was six?
     a. Sent him to a boarding school
     b. Took him out of school to help her with Natalie
     c. Sent him to his grandmother’s house so Natalie could have more attention
     d. Moved him into Natalie’s room to help her in the middle of the night

10. What type of books does Natalie like?
      a. History books
      b. Animal books
      c. Math books
      d. Index books
                      ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                              Chapter 5-6

1. Why wasn’t Mrs. McCraw allowed in the Flanagan house again after her visit?

2. Was Moose unsure about the families choice to have Natalie in the Ester P.
   Marinoff school?

3. Who does Moose think will be a better jailer than his father?

4. What are “bracelets”?

5. Why doesn’t Mr. Flanagan want to discuss Natalie with Moose? Do you think he
   regrets his decision to take Natalie to the school?

6. What happens to the laundry and the darning?

7. When Moose is describing the feeling of Alcatraz in Chapter 6, why does he say
   that it “seems like the perfect place for Piper”?

8. What type of house is the Warden’s? Describe it in your own words.
9. List the five rules the Warden gives to Moose.

10. Do you think the Warden is cruel for bringing Moose’s sister into the
    conversation? Explain your answer in 5 sentences.
                     ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                            Chapters 7-9

1. Why does Moose think that sometimes, it might be easier to be Natalie? Do you

2. When Mrs. Bimp is asking Moose about being in 7th grade, who starts the class

3. What does Moose see under Scout’s desk?

4. In Piper’s story, what does she imagine Al Capone called out after she was
   finished singing?

5. Moose alters his story, provide an outline of his new “Christmas Vacation.”

6. What did Moose do that causes him embarrassment in front of Piper at the end of

7. What does Piper want Moose’s help with?
8. When Moose is talking with the guys on the baseball field, do you think they
   believe him or are just laughing with him?

9. What happens to Moose when he has the baseball in his hand?

10. Does Moose get onto first base?

11. What happens when the third batter on the opposite team come up to bat?

12. What is Moose late for when he returns home from school?

13. Why didn’t Theresa tell Moose about her brother?

14. What is Jimmy doing when Moose approaches him?

15. Does Annie know how to play ball? What does Moose do when he realizes this?

16. Where is Piper?
17. Why does Piper need Moose for her plan?
                        ACDMS Comprehension Quiz
                            Chapters 10-12

1. What is the significance of the title, “Not Ready” mean for Chapter 10?

2. Who is Mrs. Caconi and what is her responsibility?

3. What does Mr. Purdy say to Moose on the phone?
     a. That Natalie isn’t settling in like they hoped and they want to keep Natalie
         for a couple more days to observe her.
     b. That Natalie isn’t settling in well and Moose’s parents need to pick her up
         that evening.
     c. That the school cannot help Natalie and they will be putting her in an
         asylum for further treatment.
     d. That Moose’s parents need to agree with the decision to send Natalie to
         the boy’s ward.

4. Does Moose tell his Mom about the phone call or does he wait to tell his father?

5. What is Moose’s mom’s reaction when Moose’s dad tells her about Natalie?
     a. It is joyful because she can be with her daughter again
     b. She cries and tells Moose’s father that she expected this and she knew it
          wouldn’t work.
     c. She is silent and leaves without a word.
     d. None of the above.

6. What was Moose’s mom’s problem with the word “if” when talking about a
   possible cure for Natalie?

7. Mr. Purdy describes why Natalie did not do well at the Ester P. Marinoff school.
   Name two things she did that contributed to Mr. Purdy’s view that Natalie isn’t
   read for the school.
8. Is Moose the only one who is obeying the Warden’s rules on Alcatraz?

9. Does Moose eventually give in to Piper’s request for help with the laundry?

10. When Moose is telling stories about his life on Alcatraz, what is Piper doing?
                      ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                             Chapters 13-16

1. What is Piper doing when Moose comes outside in the morning?

2. What is Carrie Kelly’s advice on how to help Natalie? What is Moose’s reaction
   to this new advice?

3. What does Moose’s mother ask of Moose? Do you think this is fair for Moose?

4. Explain this comment- “What if I don’t want to see how it goes? What if I’ve
   been seeing how it goes my whole life?”

5. In a short outline, describe what happens in Chapter 14.

6. Moose asks if it is mean that his Mother and Mrs. Kelly intend to keep Natalie
   away from her buttons. Do you think it is mean?
7. Why can’t Natalie wear her bathing suit?

8. How does Moose bargain with Natalie so she will put her clothes back on?

9. What is impossible in Natalie- world? Why do you think he refers to her behavior
   as this?

10. What are the differences between Piper’s voice and Annie’s voice?

11. Moose says, “I’m wondering if maybe I should turn around when I see a huge
    chain-link fence that blocks our path.” Why do you think Moose wants to turn

12. What do you we know about Natalie so far? Explain her personality and behavior
    in your own words. 5 Sentences.

13. What lies does Piper tell Mr. Trixle?

14. What makes Moose so happy he could kiss Scout?

15. What is the conflict that is happening at school in regards to the laundry? Explain
    it in your own words.
                     ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                            Chapters 20-24

1. Does Moose think he is going to get in trouble? Why or why not?

2. How do Moose’s friends feel once they get to the parade grounds? What actions
   provide evidence for this?

3. Describe Natalie’s reaction when Moose tips the can into her pile. Find one quote
   from the book and write it here after your description to help provide evidence.

4. Does Moose’s mom understand how the other kids feel about Natalie?

5. What is Moose’s consequence for not telling his father about the laundry project?

6. What irritates Moose about the weather?
7. Where is Piper? Why do you think she was placed there? How does Moose feel
   about the fact that Piper is gone?

8. How has Natalie been?

9. What is Piper’s latest scheme? How does she know this information?

10. Give adjectives that describe Mrs. Capone.

11. How does Mrs. Capone react to Piper’s attempts to make conversation?

12. What happens when Mrs. Capone arrives on Alcatraz? What does it turn out to

13. What does Scout want from Alcatraz? What is Moose’s response?

14. What happens to Natalie that has Moose so happy?

15. What is an abacus?
16. Where is Moose going and why? How does he get there?

17. What does Natalie say when Moose gets back to her? What does this refer to?
                     ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                            Chapters 25-27

1. How does Moose know Scout is thinking about the convict baseballs?

2. How does Moose continue to search for a convict baseball?

3. How is Moose now getting along with Natalie? Do you think he minds watching
   as much as he did in the beginning?

4. Does Annie have a convict baseball? How did she and Piper get one?

5. What does this mean about Natalie and her behavior, “We’ve got this down tot a
   system, Natalie and I. In some ways she is very predictable, more like a clock
   than a human being.”

6. Name all the places Moose looks for Natalie.
7. Where does Natalie eventually end up? Who is she talking with?

8. Describe his appearance.

9. What does Moose originally think the convict is pulling out of his pocket?

10. What does the convict call Natalie? Why does that make Moose mad and

11. Find the connection with Natalie and the number earlier in the book and write
    down the part where she repeats this number. What does this mean about Natalie
    and the convict, have they met before this?

12. Explain in your own words Moose’s reaction at the beginning of Chapter 27.

13. Explain what this means, “Insurance I guess. Figured he could buy me off.”

14. Why is Moose about to cry?
15. What are Piper’s guesses? Name them here.

16. What new scheme does Piper dream up before Moose gets Natalie and himself
                ACDMS: Chapters 28-31 Comprehension Quiz

1. Moose’s mom is hoping that Natalie will get into the Ester P. Marinoff School
   despite her obvious age difference.
      a. True
      b. False

2. Moose’s mother still says Natalie is 12.
     a. True
     b. False

3. Moose enjoys watching his parents celebrate about the news regarding the
   school’s possibilities for Natalie and joins in.
      a. True
      b. False

4. Natalie using personal pronouns, such as “Me or You” is not a new occurrence
   and her family find nothing unusual about this.
      a. True
      b. False

5. The reason Moose gives for Natalie not coming with him anymore on the island is
   that the island is dangerous.
       a. True
       b. False

6. Moose and his father get into an argument about whether or not Moose has been
   helping Natalie or not.
       a. True
       b. False

7. Piper gives Scout the criminal baseball that Moose and Natalie received from
   number 105.
      a. True
      b. False

8. Scout says that he is done with Piper and that Moose can have her since they both
   like each other.
       a. True
       b. False

9. Piper wants Natalie to help her make contact with criminal 105.
      a. True
      b. False
10. Moose is eager about helping Piper with her new plan.
      a. True
      b. False

11. Piper tried to talk to number 105 and he was willing to talk to Piper.
       a. True
       b. False

12. Piper baits Moose with images of Natalie and 105 getting married if Natalie
    doesn’t get into the school.
       a. True
       b. False

13. Piper’s greatest ambition is to meet Al Capone and she sees meeting 105 as the
    first step to fulfilling this final goal.
         a. True
         b. False

14. Natalie is saying the number 105 ever day since she met the criminal and this fills
    Moose with guilt about not telling his mother.
       a. True
       b. False

15. Why does Natalie have a tantrum when Moose tells her they can’t go outside to
    meet 105?

16. What is Moose’s reaction to Natalie when she starts her yelling?

17. Explain this quote, “Wherever she is, she can’t get out, which only makes her
    scream louder. And suddenly, I am not angry anymore.”

18. Why is it so significant when Natalie finally says, “I want to go outside?”
19. Does Moose then let her outside? Would you let Natalie outside if you were in
    Moose’s place?

20. What does Natalie do once she is outside on the swings? Who carries her home?

21. What does Moose’s Dad do once Natalie is in bed?

22. Why does Moose’s Dad start to tear up?
                      ACDMS Comprehension Questions
                             Chapters 32-34

1. Describe Moose’s mom’s reaction when she comes in.

2. What does Moose’s father want to talk to her about?

3. How does Moose’s mother describe him during the argument?

4. Explain this quote, “She’s so peaceful when she sleeps. So normal. This is the
   sister I might have had. I see now the person we missed.” Use a minimum of 5

5. Complete the simile: “As the day of Nat’s interview approaches, my mother
   behaves as if

6. Find the definition of a simile on the computer and write it in the space below.

7. What is Natalie’s new obsession? Why is it so unusual for her?

8. Who is at the door and what does she want?
9. Do you think Moose likes Piper now? Find a quote that explains this feeling and
   write it in the space below.

10. Why is Natalie “teetering on the edge”?

11. Where does Natalie go and why does it have Moose afraid and worried?

12. Explain Moose’s reaction, “This is terrible. This is good.”

13. What number does Moose’s mother have on the cake? What about this is wrong?

14. Who is at the party for Natalie?

15. What does it mean to “Contrast” different settings? Read the last paragraph on
    page 190 and explain how the author contrasts the view of the night to the view of
    the cell house.
                     ACDMS: Comprehension Questions
                            Chapter 35- 40

1. What does Moose see when he comes in the room. Describe how he views this

2. Why doesn’t Moose’s mother want to have the conversation about Natalie’s age?

3. What is Moose’s father’s reaction when he comes in and hears Moose and his
   wife arguing about Natalie’s age?

4. Do you think Moose’s mother feels betrayed by Moose and her husband?

5. What is Moose’s father proud of? How does his pride differ from the emotions of
   Moose’s mother?

6. Natalie makes a joke with Mr. Purdy. What is the significance of this?

7. Moose’s mother explains how Moose reacted and how he didn’t care about his
   mother’s feelings. Do you think she is right? Do you think Moose cared if he hurt
   his mother?
8. What happens to the family when Mrs. Caconi calls? Describe the reactions of
   each one of the family members.

9. What is the decision of the school?

10. Name three of the things Moose’s mother has done to help Natalie.

11. Out of all of these things, what seems to have helped Natalie the most?

12. What does he talk to Mrs. Kelly about? How does Mrs. Kelly keep Natalie in the
    present and away from her personal world?

13. Explain this quote, “Now I understand. When you love someone, you have to try
    things even if they don’t make sense to anyone else.”

14. Why does Moose go to see the Warden?

15. Who does Moose come up with as a possible influential person to help Natalie?

16. What is the Wardens response?

17. Describe Natalie’s reaction after the interview with the school.
18. What one sentence revolves in Moose’s head?

19. What plan does Moose come up with in order to contact Al Capone?

20. What kind of plan did Piper come up with to contact Al Capone and what did she
    ask for?

21. Summarize the last chapters of the book. Use correct paragraph form with topic
    sentences and evidence from the book.
             Al Capone Does My Shirts Activity #1

Directions: Create a timeline for Moose that details all of the
positive and negative events that have happened to him up until
Chapter 20 in the book.

  1. Create 2 columns on a sheet of paper. Each column needs to
     have a title that tells the reader what the column is about. Be
     creative with your title and your descriptions of Moose’s ups
     and downs.

  2. Find examples of events from the book that have happened to
     Moose and that fit into each category. Include the day and
     date for each event.

  3. On another piece of paper, find pictures that depict Moose’s
     events and create a collage. The pictures can be found in
     magazines, newspapers, and off the internet.
                   Student Activity 2
Character traits: In this activity you will
choose your favorite character from the book
and analyze the traits of this character and
how you connected with this character by
creating a trait flip book.
What you’ll need: Copy of Common Character Traits sheet, 2 sheets of 8 ½ x 11” white
construction paper, scissors, stapler, markers or colored pencils.
    1. Choose a character from your reading and pick three traits (use the Common
         Traits sheet for ideas) that the character displayed in the story.
    2. Take two sheets of white construction paper and fold them in half lengthwise.
         Crease them well at the top and put three staples across the top. You will now
         have four pages.
    3. You now need to cut the second, third and fourth pages into thirds about a ¼ inch
         from the top of you flip book. You will now have three equal squares to your
    4. The cover of the flipbook must include the title of the book, the author, the
         character’s name + Trait Flip Book. (Ex. Moose’s Trait Flip Book”)
    5. The second page will display each of the three traits you chose in each square.
    6. The third page you will draw the character displaying these traits and you will
         show support for this trait by using an example from the story.
    7. The last page will be a drawing of you and a description of you following the
         same trait as the character from the book.
Grading Criteria:
Trait flipbook is completed
accurately according to directions given.                       15 Points
Trait flipbook displays three traits
that are related to character from the
book.                                                           10 Points
Traits are supported with evidence
from the story.                                                 15 Points
Traits are connected to self well.                              10 Points
                                                                50 Points

                                                      The jury took nine hours to
                                                      convict Capone on 5 counts of
                                                      income tax evasion.
                                   Common Character Traits

  Active      Adventurous      Aimless      Ambitious       Artistic      Athletic     Awesome        Beautiful

Belligerent    Boisterous        Bold          Bony         Bossy         Bouncy         Brave        Cheerful

  Clever      Compassionate   Conceited     Considerate   Cooperative   Courageous      Creative        Cruel

 Curious         Dainty       Dangerous       Daring      Deceptive      Dedicated     Demanding     Depressed

Determined    Disagreeable    Distrusted     Dreamer        Dumb        Easy-going     Energetic     Entertaining

   Evil         Excitable       Expert      Extravagant     Fancy       Fashionable      Fighter      Freakish

 Friendly      Fun-loving       Funny         Furious      Generous       Gentle        Gigantic      Graceful

Handsome      Hard-working      Happy         Helpful       Heroic       Hilarious       Honest        Hostile

 Humble         Immature       Impulsive    Independent   Informative    Intelligent    Inventive      Jealous

  Jittery        Joyful          Jovial     Judgmental      Kicky          Kind        Know-it-all      Lazy

  Leader      Light-hearted      Loud        Lovable        Loyal        Malicious       Mature         Mean

Meddling       Melancholy       Mellow        Messy        Merciless    Mischievous      Miser         Modest

 Moody         Mysterious        Nasty       Naughty         Neat       Neglectful        Nice          Noisy

  Nosy          Notorious       Novice       Nuisance       Nutty        Obedient      Objective      Observant

   Odd          Offensive       Old-           Open         Open-        Organized      Patriotic      Pitiful
                              Fashioned                     minded
  Plain           Poor         Popular        Pretty        Proper         Proud        Prudent      Questioning

  Quick           Quiet         Quirky       Realistic    Reasonable       Rebel        Reliable     Remorseful
 Reserved      Respectful     Responsible      Rich         Rough         Rowdy           Sad           Self-
  Selfish        Serious         Short         Shy           Silly        Simple         Sloppy         Smart

  Strong        Studious      Successful      Tacky          Tall         Temper       Thoughtful       Timid

 Tireless      Trustworthy      Thick-         Ugly        Unbiased      Unethical       Unique      Upstanding
   Vain          Vigilant      Villainess    Visionary      Violent       Vibrant        Vocal       Vulnerable

  Warm            Wild           Witty      Wonderful      Yielding       Yucky         Zealous        Zestful
                  Student Activity 3

              Beginning     Developing 2        Accomplished 3   Exemplary 4
                1 (D)           (C)                  (B)            (A)

In this activity you will visit different web sites to
read more about autism OR Alcatraz. You will
record your information on the “Outline for Writing”
page and write an essay on the information you
collected. For proper expository essay form writing
please visit the following websites:

Research Choice 1: You will research the history, symptoms, and
treatment of autism. You may find these links helpful:

Research Choice 2: You will research the history of the island before
it became a prison, the penitentiary years (with children on the island), and
what Alcatraz is like now in 2010.
                            Alcatraz island internet sites:
                 Totally          Remotely             Somewhat             Directly
                unrelated          related              relevant            relevant

                                    Some                                 organization,
                   Not          organization,                              events are
                                                    Organized, events
                organized,      events jump                                 logically
Organization                                         are somewhat
               events make      around, start                            ordered, sharp
                 no sense        and end are                                sense of
                                   unclear                               beginning and

                 Unable to       Details are         Some details are      supporting
 Quality of
               find specific     somewhat           non-supporting to    details specific
                  details         sketchy              the subject          to subject

                                                                          All grammar
Grammar &       grammar        More than two        Only one or two
                                                                         and spelling are
 Spelling        and/or           errors                errors

                 Needs          Vocabulary is         Vocabulary is
  Interest                                                                   varied,
               descriptive     constant, details    varied, supporting
   Level                                                                   supporting
                 words           lack "color"       details need work
                                                                          details vivid

                                                     Legible writing,
                               Legible writing,                           processed or
                               some ill-formed                            typed, clean
                 Illegible                          characters, clean
                               letters, print too                           and neatly
 Neatness        writing,                           and neatly bound
                                  small or too                              bound in a
               loose pages                          in a report cover,
                                 large, papers                            report cover,
                               stapled together                            illustrations

                handed in
                               Up to one week        Up to two days      Report handed
Timeliness      more than
                                     late                 late             in on time
                one week


                 Autism or Alcatraz Report Rubric
            Gangster Report

        Who were the famous gangsters? What did they do?
                 How did they become famous?

You are going to research your chosen gangster and write about him in a 1-2 page report.
In this report, you are going to write about the following:

      His childhood and background
      His early years as a criminal
      His history with the Police and FBI
      The crimes and situations he is most famous for
      His death and lasting reputation

In addition to this written report, you are going to create a poster board with pictures of
your gangster and factual information about him in bullet point format. Take notes on
how to format your paper in the space below.

Your Gangster is __________________________________________.
                   Student Activity 6

Friendly Letter: If Moose believes that Al Capone
is responsible for Natalie’s admission in the school,
how would he thank him? Write a thank you letter
from Moose to Capone, following proper friendly
letter format.

Make sure when you are writing the thank you letter you consider the first
letter Moose wrote to Al Capone on pages 209-210 to set the tone of the
thank you letter. Also, when creating the letter think about how Moose is
feeling that Al Capone helped to get his sister into the school and make sure
that is conveyed in the letter.

Here are some sites to help in writing a letter in
proper friendly letter format:
                     Rubric for the Friendly Letter

Score             1 (D) 74%            2 (C) 83%            3 (B) 92%             4 (A) 100%
                  Letter is            Letter appears
                                                            The letter is eye-    The letter is
                  unattractive or      busy or boring.
                                                            catching and          creatively
                  inappropriate.       Text may be
                                                            attractive. Text is   designed with
                  Text is difficult    difficult to read.
Layout/                                                     easy to read.         easily read text.
                  to read. It does     May have some
Design                                                      Grammar, style,       Grammar, style,
                  not have proper      grammar and or
                                                            and punctuation       and purpose all
                  grammar or           punctuation that
                                                            is indicative of a    excellent for a
                  punctuation for a    indicates it is a
                                                            friendly letter.      friendly letter.
                  friendly letter.     friendly letter.
                                                                             Information is
                                       Some                                  accurate and
                  Information is                            Information is
Information,                           information is                        complete, is
                  poorly written,                           well written and
style,            inaccurate, or
                                       provided, but is
                                                            interesting to
audience, tone                         limited or                            written, and is
                  incomplete.                               read.
                                       inaccurate.                           cleverly
Accurate                           Most friendly                            Letter is
                                                            Some friendly
Parts of the      Improper form is letter elements                          complete with all
                                                            letter elements
Friendly          used.            out of place or                          required
                                                            may be missing.
Letter                             missing.                                 elements.
                                                            Style, purpose,
Grammar,                               Information
                  Grammar,                                  audience,
                                       mislabeled or                              Excellent job on
Punctuation,      punctuation, and                          grammar, and
                                       missing.                                   presentation,
and choice of     choice of words
                                                            punctuation all
                                                                                  style, grammar,
words for the     poor for a                                fair and
                                       punctuation or                             and punctuation.
friendly letter   friendly letter.                          indicative of a
                                                            friendly letter.
                                                                              Students are
                                                                              always on task,
Following         Students are
                                       Students             Students stay in stay in their own
                  often out of their
Classroom                              occasionally         their area and    area, and work
                  area without
Guidelines        permission and
                                       leave area           talk quietly to   quietly. Students
and                                    without              their own partner followed project
                  are disruptive to
Directions                             permission.          only.             directions and
                  the class.

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