93 pages 3 hours read

Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Chapters 1-6

Reading Check

1. Where does Moose’s father intend to send Natalie to school?

2. Who is the first person to introduce themself to Moose and Natalie?

3. Who does the laundry on the island?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. How does Moose Flanagan feel about moving to Alcatraz, and what evidence supports your assessment of his feelings?

2. Why does Moose have conflicting feelings about Natalie?

3. Describe the role that has been given to Theresa on the island.

Paired Resource

Alcatraz Island

  • This article explores the history behind Alcatraz Island.
  • The information connects to theme of Imprisonment.
  • How did Alcatraz Island acquire its name? After the island was acquired by the United States, what was it first used for? When did Alcatraz officially become a federal prison? Who were some of the infamous or well-known inmates on the island? What is Alcatraz Island used for today?

Chapters 7-12

Reading Check

1. What does Moose write a note to Scout about?

2. Who is recommended to Helen as a special education tutor for Natalie?