comprehending :: activating prior knowledge :: inferring :: backward inference :: elaboration :: elaborative inference :: Scale ::

macro-elaborative inference

Working Definition

Macro-level inferences are those inferences made between the sentence and passage level. An example of an inference made at the macro-level would be inferring what the theme of the text was. In most writing, the theme of the piece is to be inferred by the reader as it is rarely stated outright. To infer a theme, one must consider the entire text. Inferring theme would be a macro-elaborative inference.

This inference is backward because it it involves an inference about something that has been read. It is macro because is occurs at the passage level. It is elaborative because it is not necessary to know the theme of a text to understand the text.


Prompts are found in each of the supersets.

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