When you think of the Classifieds section of the newspaper, what do you think about? Do you find classifieds in the local newspaper or online? Check out the new student guide we created to accompany this post.
The earliest newsprint ad on American soil was in the Boston News-Letter in 1704. Printed ads actually date all the way back to 2000 BCE in Egypt. Rather than physically printing the ad on paper (or papyrus at the time), it was etched in the side of a pyramid. Outdoor advertising at its finest. By 59BCE, Rome was printing daily ads in the “Daily Acts” (Acta Diurna), a sort of daily gazette. Check out the history of the “classifieds” in this infographic.
The classified are not just for selling a boat, a baseball card collection, or kittens; nor are they only for posting a lost pooch. Did you know that the Classified section of the newspaper can provide a starting place for those seeking a job? Check out the recent classified in a newspaper like the Tampa Bay Times or use the embedded section.
What kinds of jobs do you see listed? Play around with grouping them into a few categories. What does that look like? Are there any ads listed that interest you? Choose one ad that catches your attention.
Florida Literacy Standards:
SS.912.FL.1.1: Discuss that people choose jobs or careers for which they are qualified based on non-income factors, such as job satisfaction, independence, risk, family, or location.
SS.912.FL.1.3: Evaluate ways people can make more informed education, job, or career decisions by evaluating the benefits and costs of different choices.
SS.912.FL.1.4: Analyze the reasons why the wage or salary paid to workers in jobs is usually determined by the labor market and that businesses are generally willing to pay more productive workers higher wages or salaries than less productive workers.