Two page nonfiction writing about the incredible crusader siege of Antioch and the subsequent Battle of the Lance. The little known battle is a Hollywood movie waiting to be made which includes action, suspense, drama and, seemingly, the intervention of the Almighty himself.
After the the reading, students are challenged to complete the tale and write the final chapter of the Battle of the Lance. Assignment works well with my Arabs vs. Crusaders battle strategies assignment. By the way, the crusaders do win the Battle of the Lance, as the Arabs are unable and unwilling to retreat in the face of the crusader charge as they have their food, water and supplies at their backs. This results in an initial devastating crusader charge from which the Muslims lose confidence and eventually flee in panic. God wills it!