(This sample comes from one of Susan Potter's middle school students:)
Billy walked over to his grandma and asked, “Big Mama, ain’t you from the Projects?” He sat down next to her on the porch with some food.
“Child, now why you ask me da? Ain’t you know da answer?" She looked strong at him.
“Knah, I ain’t know da answer. That’s why I be asken,” Billy told her.
“Well boy, I em from dem Projects. Why dis so needed by you?” she wondered.
“I just wanted to know about you,” he said. He turned and looked off of the porch, silently eating his gumbo. “Dis gumbo is good, Big Mama,” Billy said, licking his spoon.