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Identifying patterns in chapter headings
A well-designed textbook will repeat a pattern of headings to help readers understand how the information is structured, how much information is presented, and the level of detail. For example, returning to bold headings in all caps will indicate a shift to a new concept. Of course every textbook is different as there is no universal pattern for creating headings, but here is a quick explanation and example:

TITLE

The largest heading in the chapter indicates the main topic.

BOLD HEADING--ALL CAPS
This level provides an introduction to the major concepts of the section or chapter. Perhaps there is some comparison to other concepts discussed or an explanation of how this concept fits into the bigger picture or process.

Bold Heading
At this next level, more information will be provided, but usually not at the detail/example level. This might include background information, major influences or people involved, and so on.

Regular heading--no bold
At this level, the author will usually provide examples, details, and other explanations for the concept.