Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Mali Empire. This is a half-page worksheet with a three-sentence reading and three comprehension questions. When I taught global studies, I thought Mali and its empire warranted a full unit. So this document would have served either as a very general introduction, an independent practice (i.e. homework) worksheet, or some sort of assignment for review.
It’s a Microsoft Word document (like almost everything else posted on this site), so you can modify it to suit your classroom.
If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.