“Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko

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When referring to Text to self, the main objective is aimed at relating the events that happen in the novel to the real world experiences undergone by the student. The Novel Al Capone Does My Shirt is a novel that has been set in the United States at the state of California. It occurs in an island where the prison is located. Alcatraz is a famous prison known to house the deadliest of the criminals on the surface of the earth.

That is why it is located on an island away from humanity to make it impossible for the prisoners to escape (Gennifer, 12). This knowledge is really important for the student to know prior to reading the novel to have a scope of the type of prisoners the island houses. Moreover, through using the text to self, students will have to narrate personal experiences while the novel will be read, pausing each time to listen to what the students have to say.

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In the novel, we encounter the lead character, who is a twelve-year-old boy Moose Flanagan. He does babysit his sister, Natalie, after school. Natalie has a mental problem, a fact that makes her mother be at a point of self-denial. Moose struggles to get his sister to a special school that caters for the needs of the mentally challenged. Moose fears even when her sister interacts with one particular prisoner. According to him, her state really makes her vulnerable and should be always on the watch (53).

  • Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone does my shirts. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004.

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