American West: Why did Cattle Ranching Develop & then decline?
Know: How did cattle ranching decline in the American West?
Understand: What factors contributed to cattle ranching success and decline?
Evaluate: Why did cattle ranching decline in the American West?

WILF: What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: Why cattle ranching developed and then declined?
Explain: What factors helped cattle ranching to develop and then decline?
Analyse: Begin to come to a judgement on which factors were the most important?

The resources come in the form of a PowerPoint and a card sort with a separate answer sheet.

There are five activities in this lesson which are aimed for students of all abilities.

Activity 1 is a snowballing starter using the keywords. Full instructions included. Activity 2 is a review activity designed to test students prior knowledge. They are given 5 factors why the cattle industry developed and are then expected to write a sentence explaining why they think it would help it to develop. Activity 3, builds upon Activity 2 by getting students to improve their answers in (purple pen) after having reviewed 5 slides explaining why the cattle industry developed. I have built some additional discussion questions into these slides to help students connect their learning with some of the reasons why the industry later declines.

Activities 4 - 7, deal with the decline of the industry. Activity 4 is a summary exercise, whilst Activity 5 is a card sort. Once students have reviewed the information, they are expected to sort the cards to create 5 PEE's paragraphs explaining why Cattle Ranching declined. I have supplied a colour coded answer sheet to display onto the IWB to help students review their answers. Activity 6, is a past paper question with built in structure and support on 'The disastrous winter of 1886-87 was the most important reason for the end of the open range’. How far do you agree with this statement? The final activity provides students with an AFL student mark scheme to help them peer assess their answers.

As with all my resources, they are produced to a high standard and are designed to be interactive. Have fun and if you like this lesson, check out some of my other resource bundles.

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Created: Nov 1, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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