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Classified Ads
Of the Future


Subject:Language Arts
Grade:3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Plan Title

Brief Description
Students brainstorm jobs people might have in the future and write classified ads for those jobs.



  • learn about classified ads,
  • demonstrate creative thinking skills by brainstorming duties and titles of jobs people might have in the future,
  • write classified ads,
  • work together in cooperative groups.


newspaper, classified ad, future, job, career

Materials Needed

examples of classified ads from the help-wanted section of local newspapers, paper, pens or pencils

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the meaning of the term classified ad. Show students examples of classified ads from the help-wanted section of the newspapers. Discuss the content of different help-wanted ads.
  • Divide the class into small groups. Have each group create a help-wanted classified ad for a job 50 years in the future. Tell students the ad must include the job title, job description, salary range, and contact information. Encourage students to use their imagination!

Variation: With older students, have each student create a help-wanted ad.


Evaluate students' ads.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted by

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:

Originally published 10/09/2000
Last updated 05/26/2009