Hi all! This is my first post on this forum but I've been following threads here for months and have seen so much great advice! I was hoping you would be able to help me out too! I have my first teacher interview (ever- I'll be hired on as a district intern then complete my credential over the next 2 years) next week for a RSP position at a middle/high school. I was asked to prepare a 15 minute demo lesson on an 8th grade ELA standard (I called out a CA standard and the corresponding Common Core Standard, so the committee knows I'm up to date on the changes that are coming). I'll be doing the lesson with 3 8th grade students who "may or may not have IEP's". I plan on doing a lesson on identifying and interpreting similes. I'll start with a short review of figurative language and why we study it. Then the students will listen to (and follow along with the printed lyrics) to 3 or 4 verses of Uncle Kracker's song "Smile". They will highlight similes as they hear/read them. We will share as a group and brainstorm what the literal meanings of the similes are. In the last 5-7 minutes of the lesson, using a provided word bank (though if they want to work without it, I will allow it), each student will create a couple of similes of their own and provide their literal meaning as well and will share with the group. The creation of their own similes is the assessment portion of the lesson. I just feel that 15 minutes is no time at all. Does this sound like a good demo lesson? I have it typed up in a proper lesson plan format, if anyone wants to take the time to look that over (I don't blame ya if you dont!). Thanks for your feedback!