Creative Writing Story Prompt: House Husband

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What's an unfinished story?
An unfinished story is just what it sounds like, a story that has no end. More developed than a short writing prompt, this story prompt gives students the first part of a story that ends on a cliff-hanger. Because the story has no end, students will have to create their own drawing on their creativity. Even the most reluctant writer will find themselves sucked in with this deceptively simple method of getting students to write! Each story is also supported with questions and vocabulary activities to introduce the story and followed by discussion questions. This highly flexible, unfinished story model is perfect for teaching reading, creative writing, or discussion. It's easy to use as a one-time treat or integrate into a larger creative writing unit.

What's this one about?
Tom tries to be a perfect husband to his hardworking wife, making sure to have a nice hot dinner on the table when she comes home from work. Not like those other husbands who spend too much time gossiping and not enough time making the home nice for their wives! Using this story where gender stereotypes are reversed (men are just too competitive to be successful in real jobs) as a jumping-off point, students can explore gender roles around work and homemaking.

Your students will have opinions about this. A lot of opinions.


These also work for distance learning as students can read the story on their own, discuss the questions via online lessons or forums, and then send their endings to you. They can even share them on a class blog or forum for everyone to read and critique!
What's included?

  • A hero image to help activate schemata
  • Preview questions to introduce the theme of the story
  • A vocabulary preview activity
  • The story itself
  • Comprehension and discussion questions
  • Prompts to finish the story
  • A project to write about memories of your parents and how they managed childcare and household chores
  • An interview project to get different opinions on gender roles and stay-at-home dads or moms

Can I get more?
House Husband is taken from the book Stories Without End by Taylor Sapp. This book was a finalist for the 2019 ELTon Award for Innovation in Learner's Resources, presented by the British Council.

Buy the full book in PDF or Get it as a money-saving bundle. You can even buy Stories Without End as a paperback wherever you buy your books!

Or browse the individual story prompts:

A Nice Bike: A biker gets a proposal to deliver a package that may or may not be legal.

Assassin: A assassin gets the biggest challenge of his life. Can he do this one or not?

Bad Dog: A man is trying to get rid of his dog after the dog ruined too many of his priceless antiques

Dyslexia: Can two tech addicts find love with each other?

Family Matters: Three families meet. In one the man works and the woman stays home with the kids. In another it’s the reverse. In a third, both parents work. What’s your ideal family like?

Gifted: A mom has to decide whether to put her daughter in the gifted class. But what exactly does gifted mean in this case.

House Husband: In this gender stereotype reversal story, a househusband rushes home to make dinner for his demanding wife, whose just going to pick a fight and go out with her buddies at the bar any way.

I Love Horse(s): A cultural misunderstanding leads to a weird dinner for an American exchange student leaving Japan.

Joe and the Beans: A retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” in modern times.

Last Human Teacher: Robots can know every fact and even monitor classroom behavior perfectly. So why should people teach?

Long Line: Everyone is waiting on an endless line. Why and what happens at the end?

Long Sleep: A man faces a choice. Be frozen with his terminally ill wife or live life never seeing her again.

Lunch Break: Teleportation devices make lunch times interesting for an international family.

Pick a Pet: Which pet should a boy choose for his birthday?

Scary House: What’s in the scary house in the neighborhood? The new kid is about to find out.

Silvio: What do you do about a middle-schooler who still has an imaginary friend? Accommodate them or challenge them?

The Chase: A golfer gets hit by a ball on the course. Should he enact revenge or let it go?

The Eyes Have It: They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. But is it really so easy to read someone’s mood?

The Glass is Half: Mr. Happy and Mr. Sad have very different days.

The Train Pusher: A train pusher in Tokyo falls in love with a commuter. Love or creepy obsession?

T-Rex Window: A boy wakes up from a terrifying nightmare where a dinosaur is attacking him. Or does he?

Zodiac Personality: Does your horoscope really determine your personality?

Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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