This reading unit is designed to go along with Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. It includes nearly three weeks of lesson plans and activities (time frame is based on a daily one hour reading lesson). It can be used with a whole class or with a small reading group. Lesson plan formats include familiarization with the book's vocabulary, discussion questions, and activities designed to promote critical thinking. The reading unit was written with Common Core Standard goals of identifying the speaker, making judgments about setting, characters, and events, and identifying and analyzing setting, plot, and characterization in mind. Please note that the unit does NOT include two graphic organizers that are mentioned in the lesson plans, Story Mountain and Prediction Tree (similar graphic organizers may be substituted).