Literature: "Al Capone Does My Shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko
These websites are about the book “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko. Includes reviews, activity ideas, and discussion questions. There are also resources on several themes including autism, Al Capone, and Alcatraz. Find out how real children felt about living on Alcatraz.
Gennifer Choldenko: Reviews and Awards
Explore the author's website to learn more about "Al Capone Does My Shirts" and her other books. Includes an interview with the author.
Here is a review of the book. NOTE: The website includes ads.
Scholastic: Literature Circle Questions
This two page PDF file includes literature circle questions and activities for the book.
ALA Newberry Medal
Learn about the other honor books and the Newberry Medal book for 2005.CLick "Select another year" and choose 2005 to voew the book for 2005.
Find out more about autism on this student-created website.
History Files: Al Capone
This website about Al Capone includes a biography, photographs, and artifacts.
PBS: Al Capone: Mr. Miami Beach
Read about how Al Capone was treated while he was in Miami Beach, Florida. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Lonely Island, Hidden Alcatraz
Learn all about the history of Alcatraz, the wardens, and criminals who lived there. Includes video clips, biographies, games, and more.
Learn all about Alcatraz, and what life was like on the island. Includes a schedule of daily life, diagrams of the island and the prison, photographs, and more.
Alcatraz Official Web Page
Here is the official web page for Alcatraz. Learn about the famous island.
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko: Teacher Resource
A five-page pdf has activities, a vocabulary list, and discussion questions that can be used while reading the book.
Quia: ELA: "Al Capone Does My Shirts" Comprehension Questions"
Take a comprehensive quiz to find out how much you know after reading the book.
Quia: Al Capone Does My Shirts: Vocabulary
Play a hangman game by guessing the vocabulary from the book using the letters in a hidden word or phrase.