1. It has to be a topic high school students would enjoy reading. One of my favorite adaptations is based on an article in the journal BMC Ecology. Zombie ants? Mind-controlling fungi? And an article that has both!?! Who wouldn’t want to read an adaptation of this article!
3. A paper that can be adapted to a 3 page adaptation. If a scientific journal article has 25 data tables, sometimes it is hard to reduce it down to a manageable reading that can be completed (with 10-12 questions) in an hour. Sometimes I can pick out one particular discovery (with a stand-alone graph and/or data table) from the paper and just base my adaptation on that single discovery.
In my next blog entry, I will describe specifically how I created my adaptation of this article, so that you can create your own adaptation of scientific journal articles. (If you don’t have the time to write your own adaptation, you are welcome to buy mine here.)