This writing prompt is called “The Tale of an Unwanted House.” It is designed to have students imagine and write a story. A photo of an old rickety house is presented and under it is a brief description of the house. The description tells what the house knew but was trying to forget. (I defined the following possible unknown words in the description: mournfully, weather-beaten, bleak, forlorn, haunting, vivid.) Next students are directed to imagine that they are the unwanted house and to tell what happened to it. Additional questions are posed before students are given the task of writing a story painted with vivid word pictures.