I am student teaching in a fourth grade class and there are a number of students who speak English as a second language and children with special needs. Two of the students have only lived here for about two years. They do a lot of writing in the classroom and I am not sure how I can help these children with thier writing errors. Most of the time it is with the tense of a word (do when it should say does) or they don't put "a" in front of a noun. I try reading the papers out loud and then asking if each sentence makes sense, but they usually say yes. What should I do? Also, with my Special Ed. kids they aren't motivated and take a very long time to write. Today the one boy just didn't want to write. I told him he could alter the topic to what he wanted to write about, but then I found out that I shouldn't have done that. They are working with him to get him to follow directions. How can I motivate him to write about a topic he is not interested in? Any help would be great.