Templates for backward planning

UbD unit template


If you have time to develop FULL UbD units for everything you are teaching, I have included the UbD template I’ve been using (found on another school’s website). If you don’t have a lot of extra time but want to show what you’re doing as it applies to backward planning, I have also included a sample of what one of my smaller UbD outlines looks like.

I have a template with just these categories already printed out in a binder. When I am creating something new, I just handwrite ideas in the template and later type into a document and save in my dropbox.

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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  1. It is great to see the template and I also love seeing how you applied it in a more simple way to the Corridas unit. I was making it way more complicated than it has to be!

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