It is not necessary to assign all items a grading period. Teahers only need to update the root folders in their course. The folder's visibility in the Syllabus and Table of Contents pages is filtered by the Grading Period Selector at the top of those pages.
Click the "Edit" icon located next to a root folder.
Within the "Settings" tab, choose the grading period that all assignments within this folder need to have.
Note: Graded items still have the option to select a grading period that is different from the parent folder. In that case, the item will continue to be displayed in the syllabus and table of contents under the parent folder. But in the gradebook, the item will be filtered by the item's grade period setting, not the folder setting.
Continue with this process for each root folder.
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