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How to Play CIVIO

There are a variety of ways to play CIVIO - A Civil Rights Game based on the age and gaming experience of the players...

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Animated quick tutorial (req. Flash)

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Research the CIVIO cases and laws

CIVIO and the AP US Government and Politics Exam

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Note: AP and Advanced Placement are trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board which does not endorse nor was involved in the development of this article or the CIVIO game. CIVIO is a registered trademark of Reach and Teach.

In designing CIVIO, a civil rights game, inventor Derrick Kikuchi was inspired by the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties chapter in The Princeton Review's Cracking the AP US Government and Politics Exam. The game (not too surprisingly) acts as a good review for many key concepts and facts tested in the exam.

Of material discussed in Cracking, CIVIO along with its associated resource materials develops understanding of the following...


CIVIO - A civil rights game

CIVIO is a strategy card game that explores the relationship of issues, freedoms, laws, and Supreme Court cases that have both strengthened and reduced civil rights and civil liberties. The beautifully illustrated cards also make a useful review tool for landmark Supreme Court decisions. Learn more...


KEY TERMS: Clear and present danger, prior restraint, content neutrality, compelling interest test, absolute wall of separation doctrine, theory of incorporation, unenumerated rights, the exclusionary rule, defacto/dejure segregation, the Lemon test

ABILITY TO DISCUSS THESE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS: Marbury v Madison, Shaw v Reno, Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education (I and II), Swann v Charlotte-Mecklenburg, California v Bakke, Schenck v US, Gitlow v NY, Dennis v US, Brandenburg v Ohio, NY Times v US, Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier, Griswold v CT, Roe v Wade, Webster v Reproductive Health Services, Lemon v Kurtzman, Engle v Vitale, Miranda v Arizona, Mapp v Ohio, Gideon v Wainwright

KEY CONCEPTS: First amendment rights and restrictions, Protection from Self-Incrimination, Protection from unreasonable search and seizure, Rights to an Attorney and Speedy Trial, Protection from Excessive Bail and "Cruel and Unusual Punishment", Right to Privacy

CIVIL RIGHTS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS: 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, Jim Crow Laws, Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Affirmative action programs

CIVIL RIGHTS and WOMEN: 19th amendment, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Abortion rights

In addition, content is included which is helpful in discussing Japanese Internment (not currently tested)




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