Send students on-line to discover more details about 7 elements of culture from Ancient Mali (and West Africa in general) that are still very relevant today. Students can work as individuals or in groups to find out what each artifact is, and discover specific examples from Ancient Mali culture. Then they are challenged to brainstorm or research examples of the cultural contribution in our modern world today. I always have a fun class when we go over the examples students found from the world today. We often end up watching videos, listening to songs, or looking at items on-line. A fun lesson that brings out their creativity and provides freedom for students to apply history to their own experiences.
I included an answer key with definitions and examples from Ancient Mali for you.