The Mystery Element
(nonfiction), Graphic Books.In the late 1890s, Marie Curie studied physics to earn her doctorate degree in Paris. Excited by the recent discovery of X-rays, the Polish-born scientist decided to research the similar energy strangely given off by the element uranium. With the assistance of her husband, Pierre, Marie worked methodically to unlock the mystery of uranium, discover a new element, and usher in the atomic age. Her groundbreaking work earned her a Nobel Prize in physics and paved the way for future generations of women scientists around the world. Teachers can use this lesson to engage students in a study of the development of round and flat characters in text. Use this Graphic Book with Marie Curie at levels V, Y, and Z1.