There is a wealth of material available for teaching social studies content on the subject of ancient Egypt. The challenge is to find supporting and enriching materials that tie the content to Common Core targets and increase students’ ability to read, analyze and synthesize challenging informational texts. This packet is designed to work in tandem with a teacher’s existing ancient Egypt unit, using more demanding informational texts and teaching such skills as close reading, analyzing a primary source, organizing information, cause and effect, DSRP (systems thinking), reading a graph and proof reading. There are also enrichment project suggestions. The focus will be on the Nile River, past and present.