Paragraph #1) No more than 3 to 6 sentences. A succinct statement synthesizing your most thought provoking observations and your essential points about the topic. Get to your point quickly; within the first two sentences you should grab my attention and convince me it’s worth reading the rest of your brief. Somewhere in this first paragraph you should relate any real world experience you have with the topic, or, explain how the topic might affect you in the future. If you don’t think the topic remarkable or important explain why. Paragraph #2) any additional or interesting background background, facts, or statistics to back up your claims in the first paragraph, or any other interesting information you’d like to include as a result of researching the topic.