Everything you need to understand or teach Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.
The story opens with David waiting in his apartment on the day Giovanni is scheduled to be executed. He reflects on how he discovered his own homosexuality and the various ways he tried to resist, including his relationship with Hella. His resistance broke down, at least partially, when he met Giovanni however, but his shame prevented him from falling fully in love.
David's mother died when he was very young—about five years old—and so he is raised mainly by his father and his aunt, Ellen. From very early on, his father seems either incapable or unwilling to truly be a father and wants to, instead, just be David's friend. David is never satisfied with this relationship but realizes after a serious automobile accident that he and has father will never have the kind of intimacy that he wants. When he is a young boy...
Giovanni's Room Lesson Plans contain 106 pages of teaching material, including: