The Wyeast "smack pack" wakes up the yeast with the nutrient pack inside. When the bag swells up, you know that the yeast is alive and ready to go. So there is no need to make a starter for this.
I'm also doing my first recipe, using the exact same yeast you are. So far it is fermenting just fine.
I'm only doing one gallon as follows:
1 Gallon of fresh apple juice (no preservatives of any kind)
1/2 lb. of brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick (to taste)
From what I've heard, this recipe produces good results. Hope this helps!