•                                                    English Language Arts



    Introduction to 6th ELA

    Words are power. They have the ability to lift others up or tear them down. In a society that is constantly changing and moving ever closer to digital communication over personal, we need to learn how to choose the right words and how to determine meaning in reading text. We must become critical thinkers with what we read, and be able to analyze various media sources to determine the facts and develop our own informed opinions. We also must be conscious to actively engage with each other and build relationships, even though we are seeing each other through a screen instead of face to face. 

    These are ideas I will work very hard to help instill with my students this year. We will work closely with a Social Emotional curriculum that helps to reinforce our ability to adapt to change and build resilience during the first month of school. Each month after will have a different topic, and will continue to build on our personal and relational skills. Our curriculum is called Collections, and is standard-based instruction to ensure every student masters the skills they will need before they move into middle school. 

    Whats the Beginning of the Year Going to Look Like?

    We will focus on collaboration and personal discipline as we learn how to work exclusively online. We will become EXPERTS in digital class content with Canvas, Flipgrid, Zoom, and other great resources available to us. We will think critically about the world around us, how it's changing, and how we can maintain balanced relationships with others while prioritizing our investment in education. We will do this with a balanced approach of whole-class instruction, small group engagement, and individual learning time. Students will rotate classrooms and subjects, so they will have a different teacher for each subject. The 6th grade team at Sunrise works very closely together to help provide a unified experience for students. 

    How Do I Run My Class?

    I agree with The Cat in the Hat, "It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how." I encourage the class to work together as a team to earn incentives. The students determine their own goals and incentives, so they are invested in meeting expectations and often help regulate each other. We make sure to think critically about the words we use, how they affect others, and what would be the most beneficial way to treat each situation based on the outcome desired. I believe children are brilliant thinkers, forces for positivity, and creative souls. My goal is to equip them with the tools they need to hone their focus and fuel their drive to succeed. 

    A little More About Me:

    I am a first year teacher, and I consider myself extremely lucky to begin my teaching career with Sunrise. This is a special place to be, your students are very lucky! I was a long term sub in 5th grade at Sunrise last year during Home Learning, so some of my students this year will recognize me. I am currently studying for my Master's Degree in Secondary Education with Teaching Credential at ASU. This will require some extra observers to my classroom throughout the year, and also means I have a lot of extra  support in my first year from some truly excellent, seasoned professional educators. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University in 2005. My family lived in the Los Angeles area for 30 years, then my husband and I had the opportunity to move to Phoenix 6 years ago. We love it here! I have 3 children who also attend DVUSD schools. They are in 4th grade, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. So I definitely understand the challenge to work full time and have kids learning online! We have two dogs, two cats, and a Betta fish class pet named Quarantina. My family likes to watch Marvel movies and play video games together. We love to camp, though we don't get to do it often, and I am a huge Starbucks fan (easiest drink ever, just coffee with cream). I am here to support not only the students, but you as a parent as well. We are teammates in making sure your child has what they need to succeed, and feel accomplished. 

    How to Contact Me:

    The quickest option is through the Parent Canvas app. Make sure to download the app and pair it with your student account so you don't miss out on announcements and assignments. 

    You can also email me at christine.hallman@dvusd.org My office hours are Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm. I will respond to your email within 24 hours, during that time frame. I may not be able to respond right away if I am engaged in instruction or small groups, so I appreciate your patience. 

    If you would like to have a face to face meeting, please follow this link to my signupgenius to select a time for us to meet via Zoom. 


    THANK YOU For everything you do to ensure your student has a great school year. 

     Mrs. Hallman

    Teacher with Books


It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!