As stated previously, one important resource which may be reintroduced is the library. School libraries and public libraries have made very special efforts to enlarge their video sections in recent years. The collections are generally quite good and available free or at very low cost. In addition, for those students who do not know, a visit to the local video store will be built into the unit.
“Ruby Bridges” has several scenes which involve food and the young child’s unfortunate experience with it. Viewing these portions of the film provides a good opportunity for demonstrations on proper meal planning and nutrition. The local 4H or extension service can provide this service.
Teenage parents, especially, need to have lessons which may help them use resources. In fact, the greatest test of the success of this unit will be the degree to which outside educational and recreational resources are used later in life. Therefore, emphasis will be placed on popular films, books, and magazines available to the general public. Local role models will be common references. Students’ suggestions will be readily used.