Jobs and Professions

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What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question that most of us were asked as children, and one that has fueled many childhood daydreams. In this mini-anthology, you’ll find selections from literature that explore various careers, both current and obsolete. The accompanying articles, activities, and resources encourage children and young adults to think further about the concept of employment and their own future career aspirations.


The Old Professor by Marshall Putnam Thompson
The Milkman by Christopher Morley
The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Full-Fledged Schoolma'am by L. M. Montgomery

Labor Day
Jobs of Bygone Days

Playing Job Charades
Making a Career Collage

Further Reading
Guide to Illustrations