I am incredibly stressed. I just found out today that I've made it to the last round of the application process to the school where I really want to teach next year. The PROBLEM: I have to teach a demo lesson this Wednesday to a group of 5-25 of their students whom I've never met. And I can't figure out what to teach! I have very little time and need to start planning but I can't settle on an idea:help: My instructions are to set an "ambitious" objective to teach in a 30-minute lesson and to clearly show that all students have achieved this objective. I must include a do now, direct instruction, guided practice, and independent practice in the lesson. My lesson must come from my area of teaching: English/Language Arts. The students will be a mix of students from 7th-9th grade who will also be giving their opinion of my lesson afterwards. These kids are predominantly inner city, African American (some Hispanic and Asian) kids. The school is known for dramatically raising test scores although most kids enter far below grade level. So, any ideas about what to teach??? Also, they are looking for evidence of classroom management skills. Any suggestions for establishing this in such a short period of time??? Please help!