Playlists for Flexible Friday’s British Music

The school I teach at has a wonderful thing called Flexible Friday. The purpose of these Fridays are to let students attend classes at the community college and university. But it also gives teachers the ability to offer lessons outside of our TEKS, and it gives students opportunities to form various clubs and organizations. For instance, I teach British Literature and Creative Writing at my school. On Flex Fridays, however, I run a couple of writing workshops and study halls, I help some students create a video series for the entertainment of their fellow classmates, I support a roleplaying club that plays Fate Core and the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons, and I curate a listening class based on British popular music. Maybe I can elaborate on Flex Friday later, because I think there’s a lot of potential in this system that schools can tap into.

But the purpose of this post is so that I can share the playlists I made for my British Music listening class. This was merely to acquaint my students with various artists, so I didn’t actually design classwork for these playlists. Students sometimes worked on homework while they listened. Naturally, sometimes they sat with their friends and hung out – but I never let them make too much a nuisance. And sometimes they sat near the speakers and let the music wash over them. I often would turn off the lights in my classroom, except for some party and dance lights that moved with the songs

For the most part, the classes were 45 minutes long, except for the Spring Break Dance Party and Radiohead playlists – for Radiohead, we held a pot luck and ate a lot of pizza. Next year, I want to curate an American Music class.

I. The Beatles, Part One

  1. Love Me Do
  2. Please Please Me
  3. From Me to You
  4. She Loves You
  5. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  6. Can’t Buy Me Love
  7. A Hard Day’s Night
  8. I Feel Fine
  9. Eight Days a Week
  10. Ticket to Ride
  11. Help!
  12. Yesterday
  13. We Can Work It Out
  14. Day Tripper

II. The Beatles, Part Two

  1. Nowhere Man
  2. Michelle
  3. Eleanor Rigby
  4. I’m Only Sleeping
  5. A Little Help From My Friends
  6. A Day in the Life
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. Happiness is a Warm Gun
  9. Helter Skelter
  10. Something
  11. Here Comes the Sun
  12. Across the Universe
  13. The Long and Winding Road

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