For Educators


After nearly thirty years as an educator, teaching ELD, Spanish, and Education courses from middle school through graduate school, I can absolutely attest to the importance of books – particularly books that reach children and mirror their personal experience back to them in relevant ways. Sometimes, in order to make books and stories accessible to young people, educators need to approach them in terms of literacy and critical thinking, which requires materials that will empower students to both.

Below are links to Discussion Questions, Extension Exercises, and Common Core connections for The ABSOLUTENESS of NOTHING.

  1. Absoluteness of Nothing Discussion Questions
  2. Absoluteness of Nothing Extension
  3. Absoluteness of Nothing Common Core

Lots of Helpful Information Here at SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s Teen Librarian Toolbox:

And some resources in helping cope with self-harming behavior in teens: