This lapbook is a reading comprehension activities inspired by Gennifer Choldenko's book Al Capone Does My Shirts. It includes:
How to Assemble the Lapbook
Choose from two options for the cover of your lapbook.
Vocabulary Pocket and Cards
Let your students use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words or use context clues from the book to determine the definitions.
Before the Book
This mini-book gives students background information about the historical climate of the text.
Use this mini-book to collect evidence that supports the claim that Natalie and Moose have a great relationship.
Students accurately quote and cite figures of speech found in the text.
Character Trading Cards
Have students write “stats” about each character. Draw conclusions about each character's main personality trait and cite evidence that led to the conclusion.
Compare & Contrast
Use the Venn Diagram to compare and contrast characters.
Cause & Effect Butterfly
Find two cause/effect relationships.
Natalie’s Button Box
Identify three facts about Natalie.
Write the Warden’s rules down and write who broke the rules.
Lessons of Alcatraz
Identify a life lesson or theme. Cite evidence.
It’s a book review. Once all the activities are done and you’re almost ready to give the students a reading comprehension test, let your students “publish” their thoughts about the book.