Elmhurst School District 205 Social Studies curriculum provides a multi- dimensional approach to Social Studies instruction. Students become informed, responsible, and contributing citizens in a diverse, global society so that they understand the values of a democratic society. They learn the importance of citizen participation. Students analyze influences of political, geographic, and social implications of the past upon the present and the future in order to understand and to develop respect for diversity and nurture the ability to work cooperatively with others. Students’ knowledge and awareness of society’s cultural heritage and global issues help them understand the environment that surrounds them locally, nationally, and internationally. Students develop skills needed to access information, analyze and interpret new data, apply data to new issues, and to reach and defend logical conclusions through authentic learning experiences that connect to the real world.