Zeus Retires

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For the eighth consecutive year, sixth-graders in Monica Klein’s social studies classes at JFK voted which god, goddess or hero would become the new ruler of Olympus when Zeus, played by Mrs. Klein’s father Ben Morselli, retires from the throne. Each student dressed the part of their chosen god and gave a speech that highlighted why they deserved to be the new ruler of Olympus.

In addition to the speech, students were asked to engage in a debate among the gods where each could question their competitors’ eligibility. After all of the speeches and debating was complete, fellow classmates, together with Zeus, determined who would be the next ruler of Olympus. This unique activity reinforces the curriculum on ancient Greek history, as well creating persuasive speeches and developing oral communication skills. New this year, students also had to incorporate a famous quote and give reasons on why this quote supported their position.