This lesson is a favorite of mine and my students. It can be a stand-alone, or an intro to a unit on story writing. Groups of diverse students (some speaking little to no English) work together to write a short story.
The lesson uses the workshop model and has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While it lists ESL standards and was used in a classroom with ESL students, this lesson is appropriate for students of all abilities.