The True Islamic Heritage in Sicily: The Arabian Gardens (LS-IT-695)

Aim of the Learning Scenario

The aim of this scenario carried on in a CLIL mode by history and foreign language teachers for students in the first year of lower secondary school, is to make young generations acquire an awareness of the real impact different cultural dominations had on what we assume today as autochthones heritage. 

The scenario is integrated into the Italian curriculum of History for the first year of lower secondary school, with reference to National Indications on the study of Islam and its expansion discovering medieval roots in local and regional aspects. The choice of English as a foreign language is integrated into the acquisition of specific vocabulary related to citizenship regarding the awareness of the peculiar natural environment and biodiversity in the first year of secondary school.


Moreover, most of the 21st Century skills are implemented in particular digital skills and creativity. In fact the students will explore using thinglink and Google maps the relics of the most truthful heritage of Arabian culture, the Maredolce Building, recently restored to the city community with its stylish garden symbol of the whole inherited traditions of Sicilian crops. 

Thinglink designed by the teacher

Final Outcome

A hint to the Sicilian cooking traditions based on the peculiarity of these crops of Arabian origin and etymology is shown as an outcome in the form of a video presentation showing similarities within others living in the Mediterranean sea. 

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Rijksmuseum.

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