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It’s holiday time, which means many of us might be with family members who have different political views. One way to handle that situation is to avoid potentially controversial topics.

Another possibility, however, might be to be strategic in how we handle the issue.

I have some related resources in The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change (as well as in The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics), but I thought a separate “Best” list might be useful – both for lessons with students and for our own conversations.

Here’s what I have so far:

Good Advice On Talking With Anyone (Including Students & Colleagues) About Doing Something Differently

5 Ways to (Respectfully) Disagree is very accessible and is from Teen Health.

4 tips for talking to people you disagree with is from TED.

Here’s a TED-Ed lesson on the topic.

10 Tips for Talking to People You Can’t Agree With is from Psychology Today.

How to Safely Talk Politics During the Holidays is from City Lab.

The Post-Trump Thanksgiving is from Slate.

Your Uncle Said What? How to Talk About Social Justice With Your Family During the Holidays is from Yes!

This Thanksgiving Pass the Stuffing—and Don’t Pass on the Discussion of Social Issues is from Scientific American.

Of course, another option is to just play an Adele song, as they did in this famous Saturday Night Live sketch about a Thanksgiving dinner family discussion:

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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