This activity introduces students to the author Mildred D. Taylor. Taylor bases her books on her own life so it is important for students to have some background into her life. The file comes with two informational texts that are found online. One is the acceptance speech Mildred Taylor gave when she won the 1997 ALAN award and the other is a short biography written by Chris Crowe. The worksheet includes short answer questions for both texts. The questions focus on aspects of the texts that will help them gain insight into the novel. The worksheet also asks them to make inferences into the author's life. This is a great way to introduce some of the issues that students will encounter while reading the novel. If you like this product, see my other activities for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.