Create an assignment

This article is for teachers

When you create an assignment, you can post it immediately, save a draft, or schedule it to post at a later date. After students complete and turn in their work, you can grade and return it to the students.

Create an assignment
In classes created after April 17, 2019, posts to the Classwork page appear at the top.

When you create an assignment, you can:

Create an assignment

  1. Go to and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and then Classwork
  3. At the top, click Create and then Assignment.
    Click Assignment
  4. Enter the title and any instructions.

Post to one or more classes

Under For, click the Down arrow  and then select the class or classes you want to include.
Choose Class

Note: You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.

Post to individual students

By default, an assignment posts to all students in the class. You can post an assignment to individual students. However, you can’t post to individual students if more than one class is included. And, you can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.

  1. Next to All students, click the Down arrow  and then All students to deselect it.
    Select students
  2. Select the students you want to post the assignment to.

Add a grade category

For organization, you can add grade categories to assignments. With grade categories, you and your students can see the category an assignment belongs to, such as Homework or Essays. Teachers also see the categories on the Grades page.

Under Grade category, click the Down arrow  and then select a category from the menu.
For more information on grade categories, go to Add a grade category to posts or Set up grading.

Select Grade category

Change the point value

You can change the point value of an assignment or make the assignment ungraded. By default, assignments are set at 100 points.

  1. Under Points, click the value.
  2. Enter a new point value or select Ungraded.

    Note: When students complete an ungraded assignment, they tap Turn in or, if no files get turned in, Mark as done. If a student doesn't tap Turn in or Mark as done before the due date, the assignment is marked Missing. If there's no due date, it's marked Assigned.

Add a due date or time

By default, an assignment has no due date. To change this:

  1. Under Due, click the Down arrow .
  2. Next to No due date, click the Down arrow .
    Due date and time
  3. Click a date on the calendar.
  4. (Optional) To set a due time, click Timeand thenenter a time and specify AM or PM.
    Note: Work is marked Missing or Turned in late as soon as the date or time due arrives. For example, for work to be on time at 9:00 AM, set the time due to 9:01 AM. For instructions to check work status, go to View student assignments.

Add a topic

  1. Under Topic, click the Down arrow .
    Select topic
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a topic, click Create topic and enter a topic name.
    • To select a topic in the list, click it.

Note: You can only add one topic to an assignment.

Learn more about how to add topics to the Classwork page.

Add attachments

You can add attachments to your assignment, such as files from your computer, Google Drive files, YouTube videos, or links.

Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the assignment and saves it to the class Drive folder.

Attachment type Directions
  1. Click Attach.
  2. Select the file and then Upload.
  1. Click Drive .
  2. Select the item and click Add.
If you attach a Google Forms quiz and there’s no other attachment with the assignment, grades can be imported directly to the Student Work page.
YouTube YouTube

To search for a video to attach:

  1. Click YouTube YouTube.
  2. Enter keywords and click Search .
  3. Click the video and then Add.

To attach a video link by URL:

  1. Click YouTube YouTube and then URL.
  2. Enter the URL and click Add.
  1. Click Link .
  2. Enter the URL and click Add Link.

To delete an attachment, next to it, click Remove .

To decide how students interact with an attachment, next to the attachment, click the Down arrow  and choose an option:

  • Students can view file—All students can read the file, but not edit it.
  • Students can edit file—All students share the same file and can make changes to it.
  • Make a copy for each student—Students get their own copy of the file with their name added to the document title. For Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, both you and the student can edit the document. When students turn in the assignment, they can’t edit the document until you return it to them.

    Note: This option is only available before you post an assignment.

Add a rubric

For instructions, go to Create or reuse a rubric in an assignment.

Turn on originality reports

For instructions, go to Turn on originality reports.

Post, schedule, or save a draft assignment

When you create an assignment, you can post it immediately, schedule it to post later, or save it as a draft.

To see scheduled and drafted assignments, click Classwork.

Post an assignment

To post the assignment immediately, click Assign.

Schedule the assignment to post later

  1. Next to Assign, click the Down arrow and then Schedule.
  2. Next to the date, click the Down arrow  and select a date and time. When you enter a time, Classroom defaults to PM unless you specify AM.
  3. Click Schedule. The assignment will automatically post at the scheduled date and time.

    Note: To schedule the assignment for another class, schedule it first for one class and then reuse the post for the other class.

Save an assignment as a draft

Next to Assign, click the Down arrow  and then Save draft.

Edit an assignment

If you post an assignment to multiple classes, edits made in one class won’t transfer to the other classes.

Note: If you change an assignment's name, the assignment's Drive folder name isn't updated. Go to Drive and rename the folder.

  1. Go to and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and then Classwork.
  3. Next to the assignment, click More and then Edit.
    Select Edit
  4. Choose an option:
    • For a posted or scheduled assignment: Make your changes and click Save.
    • For a draft assignment: Make your changes. Next to Assign, click the Down arrow  and then Save draft.
Add a class comment to the assignment
  1. Go to and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click a class.
  3. Click Classworkand thenthe assignmentand thenView Assignment.
  4. At the top, click Instructions.
    Add class comment
  5. Click Add class commentand thenenter your commentand thenclick Post.
Reuse an assignment
To reuse an assignment, see Reuse a post.
Delete an assignment

If you delete an assignment, all grades and comments related to the assignment are deleted. However, any attachments or files created by you or the students are still available in Drive.

Warning! There's no way to undo deleting an assignment.
  1. Go to and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click your class and then Classwork.
  3. Next to the assignment, click More  and then Delete. Click Delete again to confirm.

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