Danais 8 Topical Outline by Quarter

This was put together to help you understand when and what your child will be learning this year.  This is just a general guide, the exact date and time will vary on when the topics are taught.  (updated 5/18)

Algebra (HS Honors)

1st Quarter:

  • Patterns
  • Expressions
  • Absolute Value
  • Distributive Property
  • Graphing Linear Patterns
  • Multi-Step Equations

2nd Quarter:

  • Tables and Graphs
  • Multi-Step Equations
  • Algebraic Fractions
  • Probability
  • Slope
  • Forms of Linear Equations

3rd Quarter:  

  • Exponential Growth and Decay
  • Powers
  • Radicals
  • Quadratic Formula
  • Graphing Quadratics

4th Quarter:

  • Systems of Equations
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring (all)
  • Completing the Square
  • Extended Graphing

Pre-Algebra (8th grade Math)

1st Quarter:

  • Powers
  • Scientific notation
  • Coordinate Plane
  • Transformations
  • Rotations, Reflections and Translations
  • Pythagorean Theorem

2nd Quarter:

  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Slope and graphing
  • Time Distance Relationships
  • Linear Equations
  • Triangle Theory

3rd Quarter:

  • simultaneous linear equations
  • Distributive Property
  • Functions
  • Graphing equations
  • Volume

4th Quarter:

  • Modeling linear relationships
  • Scatter Plots
  • Proportions and Proportional Thinking
  • Bivariate Data
  • Two way tables
  • rational/irrational numbers
  • Square roots and cube roots


1st Quarter:

  • Vocabulary

Base Word


  • Literary Terms







  • Conventions

Complete Sentences




the oxford comma

  • Literature

Tuck Everlasting

  • Short Story

King Arthur

After You, My Dear Alphonse

Remarkable Rocket


One Ordinary Day

  • Essay

Personal Narratives

  1. How I got my name
  2. Anecdote
  3. Five Paragraph w/thesis

2nd Quarter:

  • Public Speaking

Collaborative Discussion

Collegial Discussion

Framing Questions


  • Literature



The Arts

  • Conventions

Good vs Well

I vs Me

direct and indirect


colon, semi-colon..

  • Short Stories

A + P

Gift of the Magi

Two Thanksgiving Gentleman

One ordinary Day

I just kept on smiling

  • Writing

tribute to a relative

response to literature

letter writing

  • Literary skills

reader and character

Context clues

Author use of events/techniques to propel action

3rd Quarter:

  • Novel

A day no pigs would die

  • Short Story

The secret life of Walter Mitty

Split Cherry Tree

The Lottery

The Interlopers

  • Poetry

In tribute-Free Verse

humor-Rhyme Scheme


  • Public Speaking


Counter Argument

effective presentation of facts

eye contact



  • Conventions

Sentence Structure

registers of language

Jargon, Lingo

  • Writing-Persuasion

range of elaboration

solid, logical convincing argument

powerful conclusion

4th Quarter:

  • Informational Text
  • Writing


Letter to self

response to literature

Five paragraph essay

  • Short Story

A rose for Emily

A piece of String

The ransom of Red Cheif

The last Lesson

The Necklace

  • Conventions

Complex Punctuation


effective modifiers


1st Quarter:

  • Scientific Method
  • Controlled Experiments


  • Science Process Skills
  • Earth’s Climate and Processes
  • Physical Properties and changes of matter
  • Density
  • Chemical Properties and Changes

2nd Quarter:

  • Conservation of Mass
  • Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
  • Phases of Matter
  • Phase Changes
  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • Atoms and Molecules

3rd Quarter:

  • Motion
  • Speed, Velocity, Acceleration
  • Graphing Motion Vectors
  • Forces
  • Friction

4th Quarter:

  • Gravity
  • Laws of Motion
  • Momentum
  • Energy
  • Energy Transfer


1st Quarter:Q1.

  • Geographic Review of Physical/Climatic features of U.S.
  • Native American overview
  • Reasons & Effects for European Exploration

2nd Quarter:

  • Colonization of the 13 original colonies
  • Causes of the American Revolution

3rd Quarter:

  • American Revolution: causes/events/effects
  • American Government

4th Quarter:

  • Westward Expansion: the physical, economic, and cultural growth of the U.S. from 1800-1865.
  • American Civil War: causes/events/effects