Al Capone Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help teachers point out important facts about the life of Al Capone. Classes will read through a text lesson, answer questions and work collaboratively to create a radio broadcast related to Al Capone.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Summarize events leading up to Al Capone's position as a mob boss
  • Explain Capone's involvement in politics
  • Discuss Capone's downfall


This lesson will take 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standard


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.



To activate prior knowledge, have students turn and talk to a partner about what they know about organized crime in the early 1900s.

Begin reading the text lesson Al Capone: Biography, Facts & Quotes as a class. Pause after 'A Little Background' section to discuss:

  • What was Capone like as a child?
  • What led him towards joining gangs?

Read the 'Life as a Mobster' section. Pause to ask:

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