The purpose of this packet is to offer supplemental materials that combine social studies content with Common Core skills and practice. Included are several informational readings tied to ancient civilizations, (Mesopotamia, India, Rome) with accompanying activities in Close Reading, and using textual evidence to support a claim. The texts, while accessible, contain challenging vocabulary to build rigor and help students engage with Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary skill development. The activities work best in small groups but can be modified to meet the teacher's objective. The materials are designed to parallel some of the reading and writing requirements found in the standard Common Core assessments to allow students to become familiar and comfortable with this type of task.