Al Capone Does My Shirts Favorite Quote or Scene

Al Capone Does My Shirts Favorite Quote or Scene
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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz by Gennifer Choldenko is an award winning novel set during the Great Depression in 1935. It's about 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his sister Natalie, who has autism. When their father gets a job as an electrician on Alcatraz, the family moves there and the siblings have to adjust to living on an island that houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the world!

Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Have students make a text to self connection to Al Capone Does My Shirts by choosing their favorite quote or scene and illustrating what it means to them.

Storyboard Text

  • Not much is understood about autism in the 1930s. The challenges with Natalie's autism cause a lot of stress for the family and they do not have a lot of support. They don't always know the best ways to help her and there are many misunderstandings surrounding autism. For instance, a psychologist told Mrs. Flanagan that the cause was that she did not have enough attention. Moose wonders if he had something to do with it since Natalie's challenges began when he was born. In a moving scene, Mr. Flanagan assures his son that he knows for certain that Moose is not at fault and he should not blame himself.
  • ""Dad, . . . did I cause Natalie to be the way she is?" The question seems to come from somewhere deep inside of me . . . "Something I did? You said she got worse when she was three. That's when I was born. Was it me?" . . . ."Moose," My dad grabs my shoulders and he looks straight into my eyes. "I don't know," he says, taking a teary breath, "what caused Natalie to be [the way she is]. I don't think anyone knows that. But I do know this . . . Absolutely for sure it had nothing, nothing at all to do with you.""
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