This Smarty Activity accompanies the educational storybook iPad app "Middle School Confidential: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind." This interactive storybook app is available for the iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/middle-school-confidential/id492154590?mt=8, and provides free curriculum at appswithcurriculum.com.
Common Core Anchor Standards
• Reading: 1,2,3,7,10
• Writing: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
• Speaking/Listening: 1,2,4,5,6
• Language: 1,2,3
Middle school social drama can flare up without warning and turn your world upside down. At times like this, you may wonder, “Who are my real friends?” Based on the second book in the award-winning Middle School Confidential™ series, Real Friends vs. the Other Kind follows Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle from the first app as they forge friendships and navigate tough social situations. They run into relationship issues such as making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying.
Written by teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox, illustrated by Matt Kindt, and published by Free Spirit Publishing, this graphic novel app enables readers to zoom right into the story world. The app puts decision-making power into the hands of readers, with interactive quizzes that test what a real friend would do in a given situation. With beautiful full-color illustrations and richly layered audio made up of movie-like sound effects and music, Real Friends will be a surefire hit with 8- to 14-year-olds (even those who don’t like to read!). As a bonus for parents and teachers, this app puts thought-provoking storytelling and solutions into the hands of teens who deal with tricky friendship issues every day. It will challenge teens to think about their friendships in new ways and encourage them to stand up for themselves and be more empathetic.