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Structure and organization of chapters

Each chapter can comprise the following elements:

- a short introduction clearly summarising the goal (objectives) and the meaning of the subject under consideration. The better the pupil understands these aspects, the better equipped he will be to approach the contents of the chapter with ease, and with resultant benefit for his learning.

- a text centred around the topic of the discipline. This is where the author should reflect upon how to enrich content he should consider summaries, information, explanations, and comments necessary to learn the subject as it is described in the curriculum but also what information should be expanded upon to better understand and go deeper into the theme. This is a difficult problem given that the author must remain within the limits fixed for the chapter's length.

- a summary which sets out the main points and generalities of the lesson and which is usually placed at the end;

- practical exercises and a an evaluation of knowledge sheet.