I am looking for words that describe the paragraphs of text and information you find in student textbooks or course books. For example, in a Maths book you can expect sections of written words teaching you concepts and explaining how you should go about solving problems. I want to use 'instructions', but felt that's closely related to hands-on work.

I want it to fill the space in the following sentence I wish to express:

"There isn't a lot of ..... in this textbook, just questions followed by more questions."

  • Instruction? Lessons?
    – Davo
    Sep 19, 2017 at 15:02
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    I think "lessons" applies the the teaching parts of a text book. First you have the lesson, and following that the quiz/exam/questions to confirm that you understand the material.
    – user3169
    Sep 19, 2017 at 19:56

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The word I would choose is "content", as in "what the book contains".

This book is heavy on rhetoric but light on content.

= this book talks a lot, but not very much of it is meaningful.

"Content" is a nice term that covers any kind of material that you feel is significant or informative.

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