Welcome to the University of Iowa General Education Literature‘s website! The menu options at the top of the page guide you through a wealth of valuable resources. We have teaching strategies under “Teaching Strategies”, a wide array of resources arranged by title and genre under “Texts and Archives,” as well as information on GEL electives and booklists. Additionally, you can find out more about the Textbook Committee, the administrators of this site, under “About Us.”

Our goal with this site is to open-source pedagogy for instructors at the University of Iowa and in the teaching community at large. It is our fervent hope that the content contained on these pages proves a valuable resource in the classroom and facilitates successful instruction in the field of literature for major students and non-majors alike.

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New to teaching GEL? Check out this page with new instructor materials!

Looking for materials for specific texts? Browse lesson plans/materials by text.

Want to incorporate more poetry in your course, but not sure where to begin? Check out our new poetry clusters, groupings of easy-to-teach poems organized around a theme.