Welcome to the JPL Fast Track Curriculum

The JPL Fast Track Reading System was developed by the Jacksonville Public Library's Center for Adult Learning with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services. About us has more information.
The JPL Fast Track Reading System is a phonics-based program that introduces letter sounds in conjunction with syllable division and syllable types so that learners can more accurately sound out many unfamiliar words. Key Concepts and Descriptions offers tutors an overview of the reading system, and Preparing to Teach provides some background to how the system came about.
Fast Track is divided into units. Depending on the learner using these materials, a unit may take just a week or several meetings to complete. It is important to go as quickly or as slowly as your learner requires.
The first three units introduce letter sounds and single-syllable word families to help the learner become familiar with consonants, blends, digraphs, and short vowel sounds. Unit four introduces the concept of syllables and the process of dividing a word into syllables. Subsequent units explore various syllable types (patterns) and the sounds they produce.

What's Here

Units include:
  • Lesson Plans
  • Teaching Tips
  • Sound Cards
  • Word Lists
  • Controlled Text Sentences
  • Worksheets to Reinforce Learning
Each unit comes with a six-part lesson plan, sound cards, helpful tips to get you started, reproducible student handouts, and supplemental activities to give your student an opportunity to apply his/her skills.
Sounds cards are utilized during the opening warm-up drill; the instructor points to a card and the student pronounces its sound. The sound card sheets themselves are to be used in an individualized setting. In a classroom setting, the sound card sheet reflects what should be up on the board at the start of each session. Many classroom teachers make larger, laminated sound cards out of heavier paper, keeping them on the corner of the board with tape or magnets.
Reproducible student handouts include word lists, controlled text sentences, spelling tests, fill-in worksheets, syllable matching, and life skills activities.
Please fax any corrections, comments or suggestions to: 
Literacy Program Manager, Center for Adult Learning, Jacksonville Public Library, 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.  Email sharonh@coj.net or phone 904.630.2426.  Fax 904.630.7162.
For more, read Key Concepts and Descriptions and Preparing to Teach.
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