Please take a second to click the button to the right to see the result of all the 6th graders hard work these last few weeks.  They have created some amazing nonprofit organizations that will surely do good for our community.

Get Organized!


Click the Content Organizer button on the right in order to make sure you are doing everything you need to for your nonprofit.

This week we are drafting all the necessary content.  Next week, we will be revising and creating your websites!
Homepage (Hook)
Mission Statement
Contact Info
Donation Info
Expert Testimony
Destription of how the NPO works
How You Can Help
About your NPO
Info about fundraisers
Today, we decided as a class that successfully gathering enough information would look like this:

5-10 - Statistics (numbers)
5-20 - Facts –
2-3 - Stories
Expert Testimony –
      Find someone you know
      Email someone from a website
      Find expert testimony on a website
Today, your job is to start gathering information about the "problem" you are solving, or the need you are helping satisfy.  You might gather:
  • statistics
  • stories
  • expert testimony
  • write about personal experiences

Nonprofit Research


As you begin learning about the problem your nonprofit addresses, look for things like:
  • statistics
  • stories
  • expert testimony
  • what other nonprofits are already serving in a similar way?

Weekend Homework


What do you want your nonprofit to be?  Decide who you will serve and how you will serve them.  We'll share on Monday!
Over the next few weeks, each student in our class will be working independently to answer the question, "How can I create a nonprofit organization to serve people in need?"

To begin our projects, we'll first explore some basic questions about nonprofits.

What is a nonprofit organization?
  • Not trying to make a profit, trying to serve
  • Don’t pay income taxes
  • 2,000 nonprofits in Whatcom County
  • There are state and federal nonprofits
  • Federal nonprofits can offer "tax deductions"

What needs do these nonprofits serve?
  • Camp Firwood
  • Save the Children
  • Hoops of Hope
  • Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic
  • Whatcom County Food Bank
  • Clean Water for Haiti
  • Christ the King Church
  • Lydia place – women and children (abused, housing)
  • Whatcom Literacy Council
  • Lighthouse Mission
  • Mt. Baker Theater
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Whatcom Museum
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
  • Evangeline International
  • Praise 106.5
  • The Prom Shop Project
  • Cloud Mt. Farms Center 
  • Bellingham Public Library
  • Bellingham Christian School
  • YMCA
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Re-Sources 
  • Royal Family Kids Camp
  • F.A.C.E.S.
  • Alzheimer’s Association

What are some ways nonprofits get money?
  • Events
  • Grants
  • Individual donations
  • Businesses
A final essay should:
  1. Have one of each sentence opener marked
  2. Have who/which clauses marked
  3. Have the number of words written in the upper right hand corner
  4. Staple the revision tracker to the back
Where do you describe what is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or felt?
What verbs do you use?  Go back and change all your action verbs to something more descriptive.

Where do you use these tools?  Why did you pick the metaphor you did?

Line Breaks/Stanzas
Do you have reasons for ALL of your line breaks and stanzas? 
What are you emphasizing by breaking your lines where you do?

Does your poem rhyme?  Does it rhyme all the way through the whole poem?
If you don’t rhyme in some places, but do in others, why?  You should have a reason.
Do you say things that don’t work well just because they rhyme?  Change it!

What is the message your poem delivers?  Is it just description, or do you tie it to an important idea?

You need a title.  Do you have one?
Your title is one more opportunity to create meaning in your poem.  Don’t just put down the first thing that comes to mind.

What Else?
Did you do anything else in your poem on purpose?  Tell about it!