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Create an Assignment

How to Create Assignments in Google Classroom

Assignments in Google Classroom are created to assess student learning. They can be posted immediately or scheduled for later. After an assignment is completed and turned in, you are then able to grade it and return it to students.

Create an Assignment

  1. Click the Classwork tab.
  2. Click the Create button.
  3. Select Assignment.
    Create Assignments
  4. Fill in the assignment details.

    See the table below for a description of each option in the Assignment dialog box.

  5. Click Assign or click the Assign list arrow.
    • Assign: The assignment is assigned immediately.
    • Assign list arrow: Schedule the assignment for a later date or save it as a draft to come back to later.
    Create Assignments

The Assignment Dialog Box


Option Description
For Select the class and students to which you want to assign the assignment. You can create an assignment for multiple classes at once or assign it to only specific students in the current class.
Title The name of the assignment. It’s a great idea to include a number, such as #001, as part of your naming convention to help keep assignments organized. This makes it easy for you to tell a student which assignment number they are missing. It’s also beneficial for file organization in Google Drive. When an assignment is created in Classroom, a folder is automatically created in Drive with the same name for student submissions. This allows you to organize your Google Drive by number to keep assignments chronologically ordered.
Instructions Add optional instructions so it’s clear to students what to do with the assignment.
Points Set a point value for the assignment or make it ungraded. The default is 100 points, but you can change it to whatever point value you’d like.
Due By default, an assignment has no due date. However, you can set one for a specific day or time.
Topic Assign a topic to group the assignment with other related class items. You might create a topic for tests, one for homework, and one for classwork as a means of organization. Or, you might create a topic for each unit. Topics are buckets used to categorize work. Apply an existing topic or create a new one from this menu.
Attachment The material you attach can be:
Classroom Materials A file saved to your computer.
Classroom MaterialsAn item saved to your Google Drive.
Classroom Materials An online video.
Classroom Materials A web link.
Attachment Permissions If you’ve attached a file, a permissions menu appears next to the file name. There are 3 permission levels to select from:
  • Students can view file: All students can open and view the file, but they cannot make edits.
  • Students can edit file: All students can view and make edits to the same file.
  • Make a copy for each student: Students get a unique copy of the file and their name is automatically added to the document title. For Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, both you and the student can edit the document. After students turn in the assignment, they can’t edit the document until you return it to them.