Create Your Notebook-Bills for each Round & Research
There are ten bills in each round or session of the tournament. When the bills are posted on this website, bills 1-10 will be used for the first round, 11-20 for the second round, and bills 21-30 for the final round. The junior varsity bills will be divided in half, with the first half used for the first round and the second half for the second round.
That's a lot of bills! Some people choose to research all of them. If that seems overwhelming to you, that's okay. You don't have to do that in order to do well at this event. Here are some suggestions:
1. Print a copy of all the bills.
2. Three hole punch them and put them in a binder.
3. Pick 3-5 bills from each session that interest you.
4. You will have three pieces of paper behind each bill for which you are interested in speaking. Label them pro arguments, con arguments, and evidence.
5. Spend about 30 minutes looking up information for the topic of each bill. Copy and paste quotations and general information on your evidence page.
6. Take the information you found and use it to generate arguments in favor of the bill (pro) and against the bill (con).
For example, if you have a bill that wants to mandate vaccines for Kabuki fever, you might look up the benefits of the vaccine and the dangers of the vaccine. You find that 400,000 people have been vaccinated for this issue with no ill effects. That's great...put that on the pro page (vaccine is safe). However, 100,000 of those people report contracting the illness after vaccination. That's bad...put that on your con page (vaccine appears to only be about 75% effective). The quotations and sources that you used to come to those conclusions will go on your evidence page. *Note about evidence: Make sure you have the source (ie Center for Disease Control) listed and the website or other source you used. You might be asked about where you found information and the credentials of the person who stated it.
7. Do this for each bill you chose. If you're still feeling great after doing all the ones you chose, do some more! The key is to have research on several bills for each session so you feel confident about standing up to speak.
8. The pro and con arguments page will become an outline for you for speeches. You can write out a speech, but it's a good habit to learn to speak from a bullet pointed list of arguments because you don't know what other people will have said about the legislation before you get up to speak. You don't want to feel like you can't stand up because someone has used some of the arguments you have in your pre-prepared speech.