The Kaplan Method for the Issue Essay STEP 1 Take the issue apart. (2 minutes) Consider both sides of the issue in your own words. STEP 2 Select the points you will make. (4 minutes) Decide which side to support, coming up with two to four sup- porting points that address the specific instructions. STEP 3 Organize, using Kaplan's Issue essay template. (2 minutes) Paragraph 1: Paraphrase the.