Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1997

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Jack L. McPherson

Second Committee Member

Al Ramirez

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this project was to design and develop resources for school-wide writing at the secondary level that focuses on the transition from school to work. To accomplish this purpose, current research and literature on performance-based assessment, linking writing assessment with instruction, writing across the curriculum, and the School-to-Work movement were reviewed. Additionally, eleventh grade students at Auburn Riverside High School participated in the practice of this study with an integrated Pathways School-to-Work writing project and a district-wide writing assessment. Finally, unit overviews, student learning objectives, performance criteria, teaching strategies, assessment and student expectations, and instructional materials were adapted and developed.