Lesson Plan

Island Cattle Ranching

This Island Cattle Ranching lesson plan also includes:

Is cattle ranching on Santa Rosa island viable or non-viable? Rather than focusing on the issues of the transition of Santa Rosa island from a privately owned island cattle ranch to a national park, class members are asked to consider if cattle ranching could have continued on the island without damaging the environment of the island.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups conduct their research and present their findings before watching the documentary The Last Roundup
  • After watching the video, have individuals craft an argument essay in which that take a stance on the question of whether cattle ranching should have be permitted to continue on the island
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource presents a very different take on land use on Santa Rosa island


  • The six-page packet includes fact sheets groups use to determine the viability of cattle ranching on the island
  • No rubric is included