About the Story
Title: Al Capone Does My Shirts
Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Reading Sections: 10
Categories: Fiction, Autism
Description: Moose is a twelve year-old boy who just moved to the island prison of Alcatraz, also known as ‘The Rock,’ where his father is employed as a security guard and electrician. In addition to fitting in with the other kids on the island, Moose must also struggle with the difficulties of having a sister with autism.
HomEd is a reading based program that uses novel studies to develop language skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. The approach of the novel study program is to provide challenging activities to develop language skills while using quality literature that students love to read.
Novel studies are a flexible learning resource that can be tailored to fit the schedule and needs of classrooms, reading groups, or individual students. They are designed to pace students through the novels that they are reading. Novel studies can be used for either independent study or for small groups. With the use of the answer keys, students can work completely alone or in small groups with little teacher supervision. However, students can also benefit by using novel studies in full class sized groups, with parents or tutors.
The higher level novel studies (levels 3 and 4) pay much more attention to the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students at this level also work on knowledge and comprehension levels by completing question and vocabulary activities. However, there is much more emphasis on the higher levels of the taxonomy of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the long answer activities.
Be sure to check out the free downloads section for supplementary materials. Recommended downloads for this product include Novel Study Guide (Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels) and Completed Essay Sample for Watership Down by Richard Adams.