WAT Curriculum


There are five writing moves that First-Year Writing courses ask students to make throughout the semester, both during in-class activities and through writing assignments. These moves are: collecting and curating, engaging and entering a conversation, contextualizing, theorizing, and circulating. Assignments in First-Year Writing courses using the WAT Curriculum are designed around one or more of these moves, and students practice all of them by the end of the course.

Each move has been designed to help achieve First-Year Writing’s learning objectives. Each move is also associated with certain information literacy threshold concepts and habits of mind that are components of First-Year Writing courses. The description of each move outlines these elements and also includes brief examples of the kinds of assignments that could be designed around each move.

To build an inquiry through the WAT Curriculum, please visit our WAT Course Architecture Tool.


The Writing Across Technology Curriculum has been developed by Lisa Blansett, Brenda Brueggemann, David Des Armier, Alex Gatten, and Gabriel Morrison.