Please let me first say I am wondering if I am understanding as I only see my own posts posted. Perhaps I am not doing something right.
On to UbD. I am still try to wrap my head around it. I thought all teachers started by designing backwards ~ having your end goal(s) what you think about first. From your end goals, then you can start to work your way to the goals.
I think teachers play a twofold role. I think they are both conveyors of content information, as well as, coaches of understanding. I believe students need to have reached a certain level of information and then they can process the information. How many of us have finished a class period with wow, what a tremendous class. Of course we want students to be able to take what they learn and expand and run with it. But they need some basic information first.
I needed something more concrete than this article to look at so I googled Understanding by Design lesson plans. Since I am elementary, I concentrated on elementary lesson plans. I wanted to compare what I might have in a lesson plan to a UbD lesson plan. I have included a few links below.
I was particularly interested in these lesson plans as they are on the same subjects as what I do with students - nonfiction vs fiction, different types of print, reading informational text, and research.
Writing a UbD lesson plan:
Many different links on this page to UbD lesson plans