Imagining History
Inquiry and Research:
A Free Interdisciplinary Social Studies Institute for K-12 Teachers

  • Our next project session will begin August 3-7th, 2009. Email or call to get more information about participating in this great project!
  • Registration is free! Teachers are paid a 180.00 stipend to attend and can get graduate credit for participating.  Call Dr. Chery Takkunen at 218-723-7052 or email at
  • Link to BROCHURE
  • Free lodging for those participants who travel more than 30 miles. Lodging for participants is provided in brand new student apartments. Link here for a description.


Program Components

        "Imagining History" is a Minnesota Standards based project for K-12 teachers that focuses on inquiry and research, social studies, and writing.  It is a partnership project between The College of St. Scholastica and local school districts. The project is funded by the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office.

      It is a five-day institute with three follow up sessions during the school year. Mornings will be spent working with Dr. Suzanne Yunis. Teachers will conduct research projects on family members.  Participants will gain hands-on experience in historical inquiry as they explore the reasons for their family members' life choices.  As they construct family stories based on their research, participants will experience the writing process. 

    During afternoon breakout sessions, teachers will meet with grade-level team members to create research projects for use in their classroom.  Teacher-created curriculum projects will integrate  the inquiry process, language arts, technology, and social studies standards.

Benefits for participants:
Participants have the option to earn graduate credits.  Those teachers not interested in graduate credit may receive clock hours. Teachers also receive a stipend, free materials, and ongoing support. Lodging can be provided for those participants who live more than 30 miles from Duluth.
Call  Dr. Chery Takkunen at 218-723-7052 or emal at for more information.

  A MHESO funded project

Project Directors: Chery Takkunen and Dr. Suzanne Yunis

Project Facilitators: Dr. Mari Trine and John Bauman


St. Scholastica Home Page

Project Links

MN: Social Studies Standards

Research Sites

Unit Template

Best of History Lesson Ideas

Minnesota Department
of Education

EdStar Minnesota

Best of History Website

Graphic organizers and rubrics

St. Louis County: History

MN: History of the Land

History:Education Index

Writing lessons from Yahooligans

History Sites

 Historical Documents

Minnesota Historical Society

History Day

Best Practices

Technology Sites

Webquest Page

Colonial Experience
Virtual Museum

Walls that talk

Model for historical inquiry

Digital Historical Inquiry Project

Using Inquiry to teach social studies

Iron World Discovery Center

National Arcives

Carlton County Historical Society

Chery's Assessment Web Page



Genealogy Sites

St. Louis County Geneology Stie

National Archives Geneology Site

Family Search

Roots Web


Ancestral Findings .Com

Find a Grave .Com

Past Connect .Com


Death Certificates

Minnesota Historical Society-$8.00 Each


Other Sites

Ellis Island

Six Trait Writing

Six Trait Writing For Teachers, Parents and Students

Six Trait Writing From Kent School District

Six Trait Writing Lessons

Ideas for Teaching Writing

Practice Scoring Writing






Scholastica Faculty Members

Dr. Chery Takunen

Dr. Suzanne Yunis

John Bauman


Dr. Jill Dupant


 Web master: Chery Takkunen
Last updated: May, 2009