The Fair Housing Five

A new book for children

Curriculum & Workshops

GNOFHAC offers 2 fair housing workshops for young people.  To plan a workshop contact Renee Corrigan at or (504) 717-4050.

The Equal Opportunity Game – A workshop for grades 4-9
The Equal Opportunity Game is an interactive board game in which students experience first-hand the impact of housing discrimination and the importance of housing choice.7.5 hours over 2-5 days

  • Students develop a vocabulary around civil rights, and discover the ways in which where a person lives affects how they live by expanding or limiting access to educational, employment, healthcare and retail opportunities.
  • The workshop engages Louisiana state Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in English Language Arts, History, Civics, Geography and Economics. Fair housing offers a thematic umbrella for the real-life application of lessons in a number of subject-areas.
  • The workshop requires high level critical thinking and engages a variety of learning styles through a project-based learning approach.
  • Participating schools receive detailed curriculum guides for possible extensions in writing and art.
  • GNOFHAC provides all materials, and will tailor the curriculum to your classroom needs and goals.  Curriculum extensions are available for teachers who seek ways to further explore fair housing issues with students.

Housing Choice Game

Students at Audubon Charter School play the Housing Choice Game

Welcome to our Neighborhood! – A workshop for grades 1-4
In the book, The Fair Housing Five, Samaria and her friends have a problem on their hands. A landlord in their neighborhood is discriminating, and together they must find a way to ensure that their community stays open to all different kinds of people.1.5 hours

  • GNOFHAC staff facilitate an interactive reading of The Fair Housing Five .
  • GNOFHAC staff lead an art project to further explore themes addressed in the book.  Ex. Students design a map of a neighborhood where everyone is welcome and everyone’s needs are met, or design posters to educate the public about discrimination.
  • Participating schools and libraries receive free copies of the book and curriculum, and Engagement Guide for parents or guardians.

Map of welcoming community

A welcoming neighborhood designed by scholars at Langston Hughes Academy