Who knew? Oil in sand on Alaska’s North Slope?


This article is a detailed overview about oil reserves found in sand, commonly known as Tar Sands.   For my particular set of students, this would be an excellent hook.   This is likely to be something new and interesting to them, which is hard to find.   This reading could start a great discussion of not just methods of drilling, but the cost effectiveness and ecological impact of each method.   Overall, there’s a lot to be gained from this well-written article and many directions a teacher could take it to create a “hook”.