Help me wrap my brain around two-color printing.

I am doing my first layout for a two-color print job.  It's a double-sided promo piece for a local non-profit.
Armed with my Pantone solid uncoated swatch book (rest assured, we are actually using uncoated paper) I am trying to piece together how to get all my ducks in a row.
The solid color blocks/text colors are pretty easy to work out - my swatch is the darkest color I can go, and I am able to lighten that Pantone color by tinting with white.
Where I'm running into issues is with my graphics.  I am using two images (raster graphics) that have been converted in Photoshop to a single Pantone color.  I did this by converting the image to grayscale > changing the mode to duotone > choosing "monotone" from the dropdown menu, and picking my Pantone color from the list.
Where I get confused is in reading online about other folks doing two-color printing, they are importing the grayscale image and a separate Pantone spot layer on top of it into InDesign.  I don't even begin to understand this.  Is it necessary?
By reading my process above, does it raise any red flags for you more knowledgeable folks out there?
Thanks so much,

Thank you - I actually was able to accomplish the task by using .psd's instead of .gif's.  They were not in spot color originally, they were all over the board actually (of course!).
I am baffled by one last thing, however.  I did the separations preview and took out all CMYK colors.  However, when I exported the "package" the process color "black" was showing up.  Yet, whenI did the separations preview and ONLY viewed black, both pages were completely blank.  Luckily, I'm on good terms with the printer, so I explained this mystery to him when submitting the package of files.  If he has any issues, I trust him enough to let me know what needs to be done.  This printing firm does design as well, so I feel confident they will red flag any really serious things.
Thank you all again for your help!  I've attached the final file in PDF, in case you'd like to see what you helped me do!  The fades around the top text have some weird lines in PDF, but I assured they don't exist in the actual print file...

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