This worksheet is ideal to use after discussing the characteristics of a civilization. The textbook I use covers 7 characteristics, but you can modify this worksheet to adapt to your needs. On the front side, students have to rank the characteristics from 1-7 and then explain why they choose to order them in that way.
On the back side, students are asked two higher-order questions to get them thinking deeper about the characteristics.
This activity lends itself to wonderful classroom discussion! My students could not stop talking/debating over which characteristic was the most/least important and why!