I wrote this to combine the information about the Olmec, Maya and Aztec civilizations, and to show what they have in common. I also included comments to connect the lives of my students to the lives of these early people. I tried to make it interesting to read, but still included all of the most important information about each people group. I also wrote 7 questions which students must answer in written form. I have my students find the important information within the text and then use it to answer the questions. This could easily be used for a "close reading" passage. I have found this to be very useful in my classroom. I hope you do as well.