Scientific writing is sometimes characterized as dry and overly technical. Perhaps for that reason, people often shy away from reading books and articles based on science topics. One blaring exception is science fiction. But can the students think of other written or visual media that are science based which people read or watch for fun? Some examples the students may come up with are: National Geographic (magazine and television show), Scientific American, Popular Science, Nova, The Discovery Channel, etc. Another example of great writing that contains accurate scientific information conveyed through moving prose is Rachel Carson’s seminal work Silent Spring.
Go through the table of contents of Silent Spring with the students. Have them imagine what a short story, poem, painting (or other work of art), or even a scientific article might be about for some (or if time permits, all) of the chapter titles:
A Fable for Tomorrow